Maple Leafs beat Sharks 8th time in 9 games with victory by Nylander, Tavares

John Tavares, William Nylander had goals and assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Friday night.

Auston Matthews, Wayne Simmonds also scored goals. Joseph Woll, backup goalie, stopped 34 shots and Toronto won the eighth and ninth of nine games. The Maple Leafs have outscored 13-3 their opponents in the past three games and are now 11-2 in November. Toronto is tied with Florida in first place in Atlantic Division.

Simmonds said, “I think that we want to keep even-keeled while at the same time, we’re enjoying one another right now.” “We do a good job of staying focused on our games, and only taking one game at time. We are still having a great time.

Although Nick Bonino scored a Sharks goal in the first period, their defense couldn’t withstand constant Leafs pressure. Adin Hill was able to pull James Reimer (16 saves) from 17 shots. Reimer has been a bright spot for San Jose recently.

The game was marred by poor puck handling.

“Turnovers are all over the ice and that’s where we get into trouble.” Logan Couture, Sharks centre said that they turn the puck too often. “We told tonight that we would play our style and not theirs. Their style favors transitions and turnovers. We accepted their style and lost 4-1.

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Toronto led the way just 31 seconds into this game.

Tavares let Morgan Rielly’s pass slip by him and it landed on Nylander’s stick. Reimer was beaten for a 1-0 Toronto lead.

Bonino tied it at 4:44 of the first with his second goal for San Jose. The Maple Leafs responded 32 seconds later when Simmonds diverted David Kampf’s shot past Reimer to give them a 2-1 lead.

Matthews scored after a deflection from Timothy Liljegren’s shot in the second quarter, increasing Toronto’s lead. Shortly after, Tavares scored his 10th goal on a power-play.

‘Extremely High Standard’

Tavares stated, “When you have success and results and are doing good things, then we talk about having a very high standard and pushing that level.” “That’s what we really want to be about.”

Ondrej Kaze, Toronto’s right-winger, was forced to leave the game on Friday due to a heavy workload during Wednesday’s win against Los Angeles Kings. This six-year-old veteran has played in only three games last year due to injuries and has five goals, three assists, and 21 games this season.

Alexander Barabanov (Sharks forward), was traded from Toronto to San Jose by April. He almost scored a highlight-reel goal in his first game against his former team. Barabanov raced down Toronto’s right side to get the puck. He guided it behind his back and through the legs of Simmonds, who was protecting. Barabanov didn’t score, and appeared to lose his control as he approached Woll.

Simmonds, right wing, stated that “I don’t play defense.” “He made great moves on me, however I’m not a defensiveman.”

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