Maple Leafs at Sabres

First, the Matthews goal established a new record for most points by a Leafs rookie in one season at 67.

Maple Leafs rookie sensation forward Matthews recently told the Toronto Sun, "These games were a struggle for us at the beginning of the year".

The Sabres improved in the third period with 14 shots on goal, however they never truly challenged Andersen and the Leafs' defensive corps with sustained pressure in the offensive zone.

His goal also marked the most by an American-born rookie. This year, with seven games left to play, the Leafs are sitting in a playoff spot with 89 points. We had a lot of really good Hall Of Fame players, such as (Dominik) Hasek.

Since the Leafs went on a awful western road-swing in early March, their record is an incredible 11-2-1.

That being said, we're so far from where we thought we'd be that this is just fun to talk about.

Leo Komarov scored at 4:26, Matthews at 5:01 and James van Riemsdyk ended the spurt at 5:09. The win also put the Leafs back into second place in the Atlantic Division over the idle Boston Bruins and fully in control of their playoff destiny. While the Maple Leafs were able to get a second power play goal to make it a 2-0, the Preds were busy frittering away power play chances of their own.

I think they play good together.

Nazem Kadri scored a power-play goal for Toronto in the third period, and Jack Eichel got one for Buffalo in the final minute.

Tonight's Sabres game was bad.

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Alex Nylander, 19, was Buffalo's first-round pick in last June's National Hockey League draft, the eighth overall pick, just as his brother was in 2014.

Carolina, which scored an NHL-best 54 goals in March, was shut out for the first time since a 4-0 loss to Toronto on February 19.

Come back next week when I Drop the Puck on my choice for the league's MVP.

Monday night was a very exciting time for the Nylander family, with Michael and his wife along with their three daughters in the stands, they got to watch their two boys square off for the first time.

The Leafs scored three second period goals as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in the final game between these two bitter competitors at Joe Louis Arena. Mitch Marner and William Nylander hit the 60-point mark Monday, joining Matthews.

Almost a record: The Leafs exploded for three goals in just 43 seconds, nearly breaking a 77-year-old record. P.K. Subban was warning mates not to let standards slip even when they do get in, but it was a forgettable first period. Once Matthews had his rookie records and van Riemsdyk added his goal, Lehner had skated from his crease and went straight to the dressing room with Anders Nilsson taking over.

"I'm not comfortable talking about anything like that because right now we have (alternate) captains and we are preparing for Buffalo", Babcock said. "That's no way to start a hockey game".

Detroit center Dylan Larkin and Toronto center Tyler Bozak battle for the puck in the second period.

Marchessault, who has 11 goals in his last 16 games, became the first Panther with 30 or more goals since David Booth totaled 31 in the 2008-09 season.

NOTES: Matthews scored in his 78th game to surpass Neal Broten, who scored 38 goals in 73 games for the Minnesota North Stars in 1981-82.


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