The Winnipeg Jets became the latest victim to surrender to the firepower possessed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For 40-minutes the Jets executed an excellent road game keeping the explosive Maple Leafs to the outer perimeter while clearing the front of the net with an edge that was sorely lacking three nights ago at home. Connor Hellebyuck was solid in the net.
When Auston Matthews left the game with a shoulder injury, the Leafs played like a team missing their best player and Scotiabank Arena was suddenly reminiscent of a week night game at Maple Leaf Gardens in the mid-80’s.
A poor Leafs turnover in the O-zone resulted in a breakaway the Jets Mark Scheifele buried behind Anderson putting the visitors ahead by two. Kyle Connor with his 6th on a Jets first period power play had given them the early lead.
Nazem Kadri cut the lead to one before late in the period Jake Gardiner playing his 500th NHL game, tied the score and less than a minute later budding star winger Kasperi Kapanen put the home side ahead for good, beating Hellebuyck on the high side.
Maybe someone reminded the Leafs with Matthews out of the lineup last year they went 11-7 -2.
Nevertheless a great win and certainly a confidence booster, especially if 34 spends any length of time out of the lineup.