NEWARK, N.J. – The Toronto Maple Leafs has given a show for New Jersey Devils.
They came out quickly, they got contributions from each of the four lines, defended and their goalkeeper, and gave the Devils 7-2 on Tuesday.
"I believe tonight, we came to play," said Maple Leafs on Mitch Marner, who scored a goal. "We know they have a good team over … so we knew that coming in here is going to be a hard game and I think we've come in , had the puck behind them, what we needed, and that's why we are successful. "
This was not a great deal of game after John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau scored at the 13:38 opening.
Nazem Kadri responded to his high career with three assistants, Marner and Morgan Rielly added a second phase goal and Tyler Ennis had two in the closing minutes as Toronto embarrassed New Jersey for the second time this season. The prize was their seventh in 11 games (7-2-2).
Frederik Andersen made 27 savings as Maple Leafs finished a five-game tour with a 2-2-1 record.
"For us, we had not been getting the results we wanted to have over the last week, a week and a half, and we've been standing up and I thought we've responded good, "Kadri said.
Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier scored for the difficult Devils, which are 3-6-6 in their last 15 games. Keith Kinkaid put a shot on 21 shots before he got up with New Jersey down 5-1 after 40 minutes.
"This is not something you can look past the past," said John Hynes, Devils coach. "We have to dig in it and have some answers."
The Maple Leafs led the second immediately after Devils died Blake Coleman's penalty.
Hischier led a 2-to-1 cut into the Toronto zone and broke Rielly up, triggering a 3-on-1 anti-drawer.
Matthews sent to Kadri in the right circle, and found Tavares coming down the middle for his last goal at 6:01.
The leader doubled the leader less than two minutes later, leaving a free injection into open net. The Devils challenged the call, saying that Matthews had created a chance for his 17th goal by pushing Damon Severson's defense to Kinkaid. The goal stood.
Marleau made 3-0 with 6:22 at the time when the Kadri passport of the side side was abused by Vatanen and Kinkaid for a dip in.
"I do not know what we did for 60 (minutes) but we've started well, we came out, go on the bike and scoring some big goals," said Mike Babcock's Toronto coach. "A good reward for our team."
The Vatanen was scored on increasing taps with 1:16 left in the first half, but Marner pushed back to three goals, putting a Tavares shot crash out of the goal. Rielly scored the left circle with less than a second left in the second phase.
Mackenzie Blackwood, who was called Binghamton on Monday when Cory Schneider was placed on an abdominal injury casualty reserve, which made his NHL debit give both late goals to Ennis.
"Our group here, we can not take evenings. She was not happy," said Devils, Taylor Hall. "When we do not do our best, unfortunately now, we will not get a victory.
NOTES: The Leafs are 13-5-1 on the way. … Marleau's goal was the 544th career, beatting him for No. 30 in the history of NHL with Maurice Richard of Canadiens. … Tavares 14 has 21 goals on the way. … Marner has 16 points in the last 11 games. Hall returned to the round after losing two games with a lower body injury. … Vatanen's goal was the first in 19 games. … The Devil has started 13-3 by the Leafs.
Maple Leafs: Open three matches against Florida on Thursday.
Devils: In Columbus on Thursday.