Matthews, Nylander lead Maple Leafs to 4-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the first time in four games, the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t have to play catch-up.

Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist and Toronto beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday night.

Alexander Kerfoot also scored, and John Tavares added an empty-net goal for Toronto, which got 26 saves from Frederik Andersen, who was named a first-time all-star on Monday.

The Maple Leafs are 7-0-1 in their last eight games, and have won 13 of 18 games since Sheldon Keefe took over as coach.

“I think we’re starting to have a really good feel of the way we want to play. We can still be better, but certainly I think the things he’s implemented have really translated well with the skill-set of our team, the type of players we have and his message,” Tavares said.

“Whether we’re up in a game, down in a game, we believe we can beat anyone, and we believe we’re going to find a way to win in any situation,” Kerfoot said. “When you got that attitude and that belief, it can go a long way.”

Toronto faced two-goal deficits in each of its past three games, yet rallied to beat Carolina and New Jersey, before losing in overtime to the New York Rangers.

“We've handled all sorts of different situations. We're gaining experience from that, whether it's playing with a lead and scoring early, and then giving it up and having to find our way back or playing from behind and finding our way back, having a lead and then giving up goals in bunches and figuring that out,” Keefe said.

Ryan Suter had a goal and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for Minnesota. The Wild, 10-4-3 at home, lost the first two games of a stretch in which they play 16 of 19 games at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota scored once in each loss.

“It's two games, so I don't want to get into that. We'll figure that out,” said captain Mikko Koivu, who returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury.

Coach Bruce Boudreau things Wild shooters need to keep it simple. "I think, personally, we try to make the difficult plays instead of the simple plays a lot of times. And it gets turned over.”

Moments after a “Let’s Go Wild!” chant began to offset a loud “Go Leafs Go!” from fans supporting the visitors, Matthews completed a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play with Nylander and Mitchell Marner to make it 3-0 on the power-play midway through the second period.

Matthews has eight goals and six assists in his last seven games. His 27 goals are second in the league; Boston’s David Pastrnak has 29.

Suter scored on the power play to get the Wild within 3-1 later in the second period. Andersen was screened by Koivu.

Minnesota went 1 for 3 on the power play and is 4 for 37 in its last 14 games.

Kerfoot scored off a pass from Tavares less than 6 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Toronto made it 2-0 with 30.2 seconds left in the opening period when Matthews jammed at the puck at the right post before it trickled out to Nylander, who swept it in from inside the blue paint.

Nylander has goals in four straight games and six in his past seven. He also has five assists in that seven-game span.

NOTES: Toronto D Justin Holl signed a three-year contract extension with an average value of $2 million per season. The Minnesota native has established career highs with 10 assists and 11 points in 39 games this season. … Minnesota has scored 41 second-period goals in its last 28 games, tops in the league since Nov. 2. … The Wild is 1-12-1 when trailing after two periods.

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TOR22-14-5
2114
MIN19-17-5
0101
STARS OF THE GAME
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A. Brooks C00000/3008:520
C. Ceci D00100/0021:132
T. Dermott D01200/0211:221
P. Engvall LW00020/0013:000
F. Gauthier C00000/5007:500
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Z. Hyman LW00013/1218:160
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M. Marincin D00110/0017:461
M. Marner RW01010/1020:020
A. Matthews C11147/5019:341
W. Nylander RW11330/0019:540
M. Rielly D00010/0023:521
J. Spezza C000110/7013:470
J. Tavares C113511/11020:040
D. Timashov LW00010/0208:431
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D00-110/0019:460
R. Donato LW00010/1211:000
M. Dumba D00030/0017:281
J. Eriksson Ek C00-123/4016:042
K. Fiala RW01-110/0215:341
M. Foligno LW00020/3015:477
J. Greenway LW00-210/0015:380
R. Hartman RW00007/1209:470
B. Hunt D00030/0017:090
M. Koivu C01-1010/8014:470
L. Kunin RW00-200/4014:150
Z. Parise LW00-121/1015:560
V. Rask C00012/2009:010
C. Soucy D00-100/0019:160
J. Spurgeon D00-230/0022:350
E. Staal C00-1111/7019:480
R. Suter D10-230/0023:461
M. Zuccarello RW00-130/0018:550
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
F. Andersen (W)271260.96360:00
GOALIESSA
F. Andersen (W)27
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Dubnyk (L)283250.89357:41
GOALIESSA
D. Dubnyk (L)28
GOAL John Tavares (Wrist shot)
TOR:GoalsShots
MIN:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TOR
      19:35GOAL John Tavares (Wrist shot)
    • TOR
      19:35GOAL John Tavares (Empty net shot)
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MIN
      11:46(PP) GOAL Ryan Suter (Wrist shot), Assists: Kevin Fiala and Mikko Koivu
    • TOR
      08:34(PP) GOAL Auston Matthews (Wrist shot), Assists: William Nylander and Mitchell Marner
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • TOR
      19:29GOAL William Nylander (Wrist shot), Assists: Auston Matthews and Tyson Barrie
    • TOR
      05:55GOAL Alexander Kerfoot (Wrist shot), Assists: John Tavares and Travis Dermott
PENALTIES
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • TOR
        11:24Travis Dermott penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • MIN
        07:01Ryan Donato penalty Holding - 2 min.
      • MIN
        03:45Kevin Fiala penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • TOR
        16:19Dmytro Timashov penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • MIN
        13:44Ryan Hartman penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • TOR
        10:03Zach Hyman penalty Holding - 2 min.
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    TOR
    MIN
    Shots on Goal2927
    Goals in Power Play11
    Faceoff Wins3134
    Penalties33
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties33
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    TOR
    Shots on Goal29
    Goals in Power Play1
    Faceoff Wins31
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
    123T
    TOR22-14-5
    2114
    MIN19-17-5
    0101
    STARS OF THE GAME
    13.8 %SHOT %3.7 %
    0.963 %SAVE %0.862 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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    A. Brooks C00000/3008:520
    C. Ceci D00100/0021:132
    T. Dermott D01200/0211:221
    P. Engvall LW00020/0013:000
    F. Gauthier C00000/5007:500
    J. Holl D00110/0018:010
    Z. Hyman LW00013/1218:160
    K. Kapanen RW00040/0014:150
    A. Kerfoot C10210/1017:100
    M. Marincin D00110/0017:461
    M. Marner RW01010/1020:020
    A. Matthews C11147/5019:341
    W. Nylander RW11330/0019:540
    M. Rielly D00010/0023:521
    J. Spezza C000110/7013:470
    J. Tavares C113511/11020:040
    D. Timashov LW00010/0208:431
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Brodin D00-110/0019:460
    R. Donato LW00010/1211:000
    M. Dumba D00030/0017:281
    J. Eriksson Ek C00-123/4016:042
    K. Fiala RW01-110/0215:341
    M. Foligno LW00020/3015:477
    J. Greenway LW00-210/0015:380
    R. Hartman RW00007/1209:470
    B. Hunt D00030/0017:090
    M. Koivu C01-1010/8014:470
    L. Kunin RW00-200/4014:150
    Z. Parise LW00-121/1015:560
    V. Rask C00012/2009:010
    C. Soucy D00-100/0019:160
    J. Spurgeon D00-230/0022:350
    E. Staal C00-1111/7019:480
    R. Suter D10-230/0023:461
    M. Zuccarello RW00-130/0018:550
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (W)271260.96360:00
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (W)27
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Dubnyk (L)283250.89357:41
    GOALIESSA
    D. Dubnyk (L)28
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    TOR22-14-5
    2114
    MIN19-17-5
    0101
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    T. Barrie D01130/0021:570
    A. Brooks C00000/3008:520
    C. Ceci D00100/0021:132
    T. Dermott D01200/0211:221
    P. Engvall LW00020/0013:000
    F. Gauthier C00000/5007:500
    J. Holl D00110/0018:010
    Z. Hyman LW00013/1218:160
    K. Kapanen RW00040/0014:150
    A. Kerfoot C10210/1017:100
    M. Marincin D00110/0017:461
    M. Marner RW01010/1020:020
    A. Matthews C11147/5019:341
    W. Nylander RW11330/0019:540
    M. Rielly D00010/0023:521
    J. Spezza C000110/7013:470
    J. Tavares C113511/11020:040
    D. Timashov LW00010/0208:431
    Total4602931/346-7
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Brodin D00-110/0019:460
    R. Donato LW00010/1211:000
    M. Dumba D00030/0017:281
    J. Eriksson Ek C00-123/4016:042
    K. Fiala RW01-110/0215:341
    M. Foligno LW00020/3015:477
    J. Greenway LW00-210/0015:380
    R. Hartman RW00007/1209:470
    B. Hunt D00030/0017:090
    M. Koivu C01-1010/8014:470
    L. Kunin RW00-200/4014:150
    Z. Parise LW00-121/1015:560
    V. Rask C00012/2009:010
    C. Soucy D00-100/0019:160
    J. Spurgeon D00-230/0022:350
    E. Staal C00-1111/7019:480
    R. Suter D10-230/0023:461
    M. Zuccarello RW00-130/0018:550
    Total1202734/316-12
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (W)271260.96360:00
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (W)27
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Dubnyk (L)283250.89357:41
    GOALIESSA
    D. Dubnyk (L)28
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      TOR22-14-5
      2114
      MIN19-17-5
      0101
      TEAM STATS
      3.92
      GF AVG
      3.58
      GA AVG
      .72
      Power Play
      3.44
      GF AVG
      3.67
      GA AVG
      .61
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.