Matthews scores 36th in Maple Leafs win against Canucks


TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 36th goal to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (32-13-5), who were coming off a 4-1 victory at the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and have won four in a row. David Rittich made 15 saves to earn his first victory with Toronto since being acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames on April 11.

J.T. Miller scored, and Braden Holtby made 20 saves for the Canucks (19-22-3), who are 1-4-0 in their past five games.

William Nylander put Toronto ahead 1-0 at 15:29 of the first period when he took a pass from Alex Galchenyuk following a turnover by Quinn Hughes and shot under Holtby’s pad.

Matthews scored 51 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0, one-timing a pass from Marner on a 2-on-1.

Pierre Engvall extended the lead to 3-0 at 2:56. He received a pass low in the right circle from Jason Spezza on a rush and beat Holtby short side over his glove.

Miller scored on the power play at 15:36 to cut it to 3-1.

Marner made it 4-1 at 19:05 of the third period when he beat a scrambling Holtby with a one-timer after Alexander Kerfoot intercepted a clearing attempt from the goalie along the left boards.

The Maple Leafs played without forward Nick Foligno, defensemen Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin, and goalie Jack Campbell, each of whom were out because of maintenance.

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