– Mike Augello – Leafs dominate Kings crown

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe expressed some concern at the start of the club’s California tour because despite recent successes, the Leafs have not been able to break through offensively with the same regularity. than last season.

That issue didn’t seem like an issue against the Los Angeles Kings, as a four-goal second period propelled the Leafs to a 6-2 victory at the Center in LA on Wednesday. Alex Kerfoot, Pierre Engvall, John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Jason Spezza and Michael Bunting scored for Toronto and Jack Campbell made 30 saves for his 11th win of the season.

“I think we’ve done some good things in terms of how we want to attack the net and increase our volume a bit,” Keefe said after the game. “I don’t know if it’s just a matter of luck ahead. Back on our way. I mean, I don’t know if we’ve done anything very different from what we’ve done in other games , but it was certainly nice to see him come in.

The Leafs seemed to have a leg up on the Silver-Helmet Kings in the contest, winning most puck battles and getting plenty of scoring chances over Jonathan Quick. Kerfoot opened the scoring at 4:30 of the first period on a loss, but LA took advantage of a rare penalty from Auston Matthews and tied the game early in the second with a power-play scorer from Viktor Arvidsson.

Toronto took control in the middle, as Engvall regained the lead on a nice set-up from Wayne Simmonds and Tavares followed just over two minutes with a deflection of a William Nylander shot. Matthews and Spezza increased their lead before the end of the period and Bunting added their fifth of the season in third, as the Leafs claimed their 12th victory in the last 14 games.

Former Leafs Draft Pick Sean Durzi made his NHL debut, assisting on Arvidsson’s power-play goal and scoring his first NHL goal late in the game.

Toronto played most of the game with 11 forwards, as center David Kampf suffered a head injury from Kings forward Rasmus Kupari and did not return. Kupari was fined a minor, but could face additional discipline from the NHL Player Safety Department.

After the game, Keefe had no update on Kampf’s status other than that he was left out of the game for precautionary reasons and would be reassessed in San Jose on Thursday, where the Leafs face the Sharks on Friday.


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