Matthews two goals help Maple Leafs stay hot with win against Canucks


TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored twice and extended his goal streak to seven games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice, Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist, and Mitchell Marner had three assists for the Maple Leafs (9-2-1), who defeated the Canucks for the second straight game and have a seven-game point streak (6-0-1). Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

Brock Boeser scored, and Braden Holtby made 26 saves for the Canucks (6-9-0), who have lost four in a row.

The teams play again here Monday to end the three-game set.

Simmonds put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 at 4:42 of the first period with a power-play goal when he shot over Holtby’s right shoulder from the left side of the goal crease. Marner assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to seven games.

Matthews made it 2-0 at 14:04 when got around Vancouver defenseman Jalen Chatfield in the slot and shot over Holtby’s glove.

Hyman extended the lead to 3-0 at 7:36 of the second period when he beat Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler to the net and deflected a pass from Mikko Lehtonen.

J.T. Miller scored for the Canucks at 14:45 but the goal was disallowed after Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe challenged for offside.

Toronto went up 4-0 at 1:28 of the third period when Matthews intercepted a clearing pass from Holtby and skated in alone. The goal was Matthews’ 10th to take over the NHL lead and gave him his second consecutive two-goal game.

Simmonds deflected Lehtonen’s point shot in the slot at 3:16 to make it 5-0.

Boeser cut it to 5-1 at 17:56 when he deflected Quinn Hughes‘ point shot in the slot on the power play.

Simmonds left the game at 10:25 of the third after blocking a shot.

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