Andreas Johnsson produced two goals and two assists, Jake Muzzin added one goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Anaheim Ducks 6-1 Monday night. William Nylander and John Tavares each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row and three of four.
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 3:02 of the second period when Tavares notched his 31st goal of the season on a wrist shot from the left circle. Tavares grabbed the puck at the blue line after Johnsson tipped forward a pass from Frederik Gauthier. Toronto led 2-0 at 13:40 of the second when Johnsson backhanded his first goal of the game, waiting patiently for a gap to open in the crowd in front of the net. Patrick Marleau and Muzzin got assists. The goal came 10 seconds after a holding penalty to Hampus Lindholm had expired.
Muzzin scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf, and his fifth this season, on a slap shot from the point during a power play at 19:57 of the second. The puck came back to Jake Gardiner following a faceoff, and he fed Muzzin. The goal came four seconds after Nick Ritchie was assessed a cross-checking penalty for his hit on Muzzin. Rakell scored his ninth goal this season on a wrist shot from the dot of the right circle at 2:45 of the third period.
The Maple Leafs responded 31 seconds later on Brown's fifth goal of the season. Nylander scored his second this season at 6:04 of the third on an assist from Hyman, prompting Gibson to be replaced by Johnson.
Johnsson scored his 12th of the season at 14:51 of the third with assists from Tavares and Hyman. --Field Level Media