The Leafs rebounded with a solid “nothing fancy” bounce back ‘W’ against the Kings after the forgettable first of four on the road against Boston last Saturday.
John Tavares lead the way with a goal and an assist; Nazem Kadri after a slow start appears back on track potting a pair to give him 7 on the season.
Frederik Anderson had a relatively quiet evening except the only blemish was one I’m sure he’d like back of the 23 shots he faced.
The aging Kings (and it shows) were no match for the youthful speed and skill of the energetic Toronto squad that didn’t disappoint the impressive contingent of Maple Leafs supporters at the Staples Center last night.
The Kings made the mistake of trying to slow the Leafs resulting in six infractions that produced three power play goals for the dangerous Toronto side with the man advantage.
The day before at the Toyota Center the Leafs special teams units spent extra time working zone play and the work paid off successfully not only with the man advantage but the Kings were shutout on their two PP attempts.
If the Leafs are serious about trading Nylander look no further than the Kings who appear headed for a lottery finish with aging players, heavy contracts, and in rebuild mode. Why not try and pry Drew Doughty with a package including the Leafs stubborn 29? The star defenseman is a lone wolf on this team along with the skilled Anze Kopitar who has no one to play with and do you think a player with Doughty’s pedigree wants to endure through a painful rebuild on the back end of his career? The cap-gods would have to do some wrangling but if all else fails with the Leafs 29 hopefully they’ve at least had the conversation. I’m sure they have.