Matthews, Tavares, Nylander help Maple Leafs stay hot, defeat Wild
Each has goal, assist; Toronto gets seventh win in eight games
The Toronto Maple Leafs got their seventh win in eight games, 4-1 against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
Auston Matthews, John Tavares and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (22-14-5), who are 7-0-1 during an eight-game point streak. Frederik Andersen made 26 saves and became the first NHL goalie to reach 20 wins this season (20-8-4).
“Probably wasn’t the prettiest [win],” Tavares said. “I don’t think we made as many plays as we’re capable of, but it was just one of those games where it felt like pingpong, especially early, and we were just able to capitalize on some good opportunities and play with the lead pretty well.”
Ryan Suter scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for the Wild (19-17-5), who lost consecutive home games for the first time this season.
“[It’s] disheartening,” Wild forward Zach Parise said. “We played a good game in Colorado (in a 6-4 win Thursday) and responded with a couple duds back here. It’s not ideal.”
They said it
“I thought we made some good adjustments and definitely played a really solid game. I think we got the lead and [the
Wild] had to force some stuff to get back into it, so I think we did a better job of not playing into their hand and forcing too much. Make them come to us, and I thought we did a good job.” — Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen
“I was pretty mad after the first period, but you have three days now to build them up and it doesn’t get easier. You get Winnipeg, Calgary, Calgary I think (the next three games). But we’re at least in our own conference that if you win you do see progress in there. Hopefully we just bounce back and win 25 games in the new year, and we’ll be right there.” — Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
Need to know
Nylander has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past seven games and has scored a goal in each of his past four. … Toronto forward Mitchell Marner had an assist, giving him 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past 11 games. … Wild center Mikko Koivu had an assist, won 10-of-18 face-offs (56 percent) and played 14:47 in his return after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury. … Suter has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.
Maple Leafs: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, TSN4, NHL.TV)
Wild: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN3, NHL.TV)