Muzzin and the Leafs go duck hunting in dominant victory

Lucas Viveiros | Report

Jake Muzzin showed the Toronto faithful why he was so highly touted when he was acquired last week, leading his new club to a dominant 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

The Ducks came into the hockey game following a 9-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday and looked to get back on the right track in Toronto, but the Buds had a different game plan.

Toronto dictated the pace of play early on, but had nothing to show for it, as the two teams went to the dressing room scoreless after 20 minutes.

The Maple Leafs would see their offense strike in the second frame however, starting with John Tavares sniping one over the blocking arm of Gibson to take the 1-0 lead.

The goal was the first for J.T. in eight contests, and his 31st of the season, coming off a beauty outlet pass by Andreas Johnsson.

Johnsson would then register a goal for himself shortly after an expired power-play, roofing a backhander over the outstretched Gibson to place Toronto on top 2-0 with 6:20 left in the second. Jake Muzzin would record his first point as a Leaf on the play, registering a secondary assist.

The Maple Leafs would then secure a third and final blow in the middle period, as their two blue liners named Jake would strike to team up for the tally. On the play, Andreas Johnsson would flick the puck back to Jake Gardiner off of a scrambled face-off, and Gardiner would T-up Muzzin for his first goal as a Maple Leaf. The goal would come with only three seconds remaining on the clock, deflating the Ducks chances of a comeback.

To open up the third period, Anaheim would finally crack Andersen, as the shot would come off the stick of Rickard Rakell, who sniped one up over the right arm of Freddy to trim the lead to 3-1.

But the Maple Leafs would storm back to assure the Ducks that this game was wrapped up, as Muzzin would send the streaking Nylander who would use his great speed to skate wide and find Connor Brown for a tap-in in front of the Ducks goal, restoring the three goal cushion at 4-1.

Less than three minutes following the Brown goal, William Nylander would find the twine for himself, flying down that right side of the ice and beating Gibson up high to make it 5-1 Toronto, and ending Gibson’s evening at five goals on 35 shots.

Andreas Johnsson would wrap the game up with one more goal in the high slot, and the Leafs would slam the Ducks by a final of 6-1.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next, the Maple Leafs will open their home barn to their provincal rival Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed on Sportsnet.

More news from the ice

  • Toronto announced on Tuesday that they have locked up their superstar centreman Auston Matthews to a five year contract extension worth an average annual value of 11.634 million per season
  • The Maple Leafs wore their typical away uniforms (white) in this game
  • Every Maple Leaf registered a shot on goal in this game with the exception of Mitch Marner
  • Anaheim has now lost 16 of their past 18 games, boasting a 2-12-4 record, and being outscored 68-31 in that time period

Out of town scoreboard

Monday, February 4

Los Angeles 4 NY Rangers 3 (OT)

Vancouver 1 Philadelphia 2 

Arizona 4 Dallas 5 

More coverage to follow. Image from Maple Leafs Hot Stove.

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