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, Andreas Johnsson had two goals and two assists and the Maple Leafs defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-1 Monday night.Muzzin, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for two prospects and a first-round pick last week, has already provided a physical presence and calming influence to a blue line previously viewed as the Leafs’ weak link.“Good team, good coaching, good plan, and it’s easy to follow,” Muzzin said, explaining why things have clicked in Toronto. “They’re very clear in how we’re supposed to play, and that’s how we’re playing.”Set to turn 30 later this month, he’s been blown away by the welcome in Toronto, including the huge ovations from the home crowd for a couple of thunderous hits in his first two home outings.“It’s been awesome,” Muzzin said. “I didn’t know what to expect, really, with media and hockey in general. I’m very pleased with how it’s going.“Hopefully it continues.”William Nylander and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Connor Brown also scored for Toronto Womens Esa Lindell Jersey
, which has won three in a row at Scotiabank Arena after dropping six of their previous seven home games.Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for the Leafs. Zach Hyman added two assists.Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim. John Gibson made 30 saves before being pulled in favor of Chad Johnson after Toronto scored its fifth goal.The Ducks, who trailed 6-0 after the first period of Saturday’s 9-3 loss in Winnipeg, lost their fourth straight game and have two victories in their last 18 games (2-12-4).Despite their struggles, the Ducks remain just three points out of the final wild-card spot in the congested Western Conference, thanks in large part to Gibson’s Vezina Trophy-level play this season.“It’s hard on everybody,” head coach Randy Carlyle said. “This is not an easy time.”Locked in a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes, the Leafs moved ahead at 3:02 of the second when Tavares snapped his 31st goal of the season, beating Gibson high on the short side while Toronto was in the midst of a line change.Andersen, who shared the Anaheim crease with Gibson from 2013-16 before the trade that made him the Leafs’ No. 1 goalie, stopped Nick Ritchie on a breakaway later in the period, prompting the home crowd to belt out chants of “Freddie! Freddie!”Gibson then robbed Auston Matthews on a Toronto power play, but Johnsson made it 2-0 just 10 seconds after the penalty expired when he backhanded his 11th goal of the season at 13:40. It came off a rebound of s shot by Muzzin through traffic.The Leafs defenseman then rocked Corey Perry near the Ducks bench to once again energize the building.Ritchie took a cross-checking penalty on Muzzin in retaliation moments later.Muzzin made the Ducks pay on the ensuing power play, blasting his fifth goal of the season past Gibson with 2.2 seconds left on the clock, snapping a 2-for-33 skid with the man advantage.Anaheim got on the board at 2:45 of the third when Rakell scored his ninth goal of the season past Andersen’s blocker at 2:45.“There’s nobody in our locker-room that’s not trying,” Rakell said. “We want to do the right things Jamie Benn Jersey
, but our head is not really in the game.”But the Leafs got that one back 31 seconds later, when Brown beat Brandon Montour to the front of the net on a 2-on-2 to rush and chipped his fifth past Gibson.Nylander, who came in with just one goal and six assists since ending his contract impasse in early December, then picked the far corner on Gibson for his second goal of the campaign.“It’s coming together,” Nylander said. “Today was a step in the right direction.”That ended the night for Gibson, who has been pulled in three straight games. He went to the locker room and didn’t return to the bench.Johnsson then cut into the slot and fired his 12th past Johnson at 14:51 to make it 6-1.Wearing the team’s road whites, Toronto came out fast against Anaheim — which was sporting its throwback Mighty Ducks uniforms — in the game’s opening minutes.NOTES: Gibson entered play having faced 106 more shots than the next-closest NHL goalie. … Ryan Kesler returned to the Ducks’ lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury.UP NEXTDucks: At Montreal on Tuesday.Maple Leafs: Host Ottawa on Wednesday. TORONTO (AP) — The improving Chicago Blackhawks are headed in the right direction, although their latest win was a wild ride.Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night.Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead before holding on. Dylan Strome added two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and crept within four points of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card in the Western Conference.Chicago led 5-1 after two periods, but then gave up 29 shots in the third.“We can be really happy with the first and second and be not happy with the third (period),” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said.Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 18 shots through two periods before leaving the game due to illness. Colin Delia had 26 saves during the onslaught in the third.“We’ve got to learn from the third period because that was way too close,” Chicago forward Marcus Kruger said. “We didn’t want that http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-jason-spezza-jersey
, we talked about it going into the third and still we didn’t get the game that we wanted. But first and second (periods) I think we did some good stuff.”Before their current win streak, the Blackhawks had lost four of five. However, the trend has been positive lately in a streaky campaign as they won for 15th time in 21 games.“I just think as we go here, we’re getting more comfortable with how we have to play to win,” said Colliton, who replaced the fired Joel Quenneville on the Nov. 6 with Chicago 6-6-3.Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist for Toronto, and John Tavares also scored. William Nylander and Mitch Marner each had two assists. Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first before he was replaced by Garret Sparks, who finished with 24 saves.The Maple Leafs were coming off a 6-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday after a three-game trip to western Canada, and followed it up with a sloppy, uninspired performance through two periods.“We just weren’t ready to play again, came out flat-footed,” Matthews said. “They’re hungry, they’re fighting for a playoff spot.”Chicago dominated from the opening faceoff and went ahead 1-0 at 3:19 of the first period when Keith’s shot that was deflected by Nylander, rattled around between Andersen’s pads and slid over the goal line.The Blackhawks went up by two with 7:05 left when Perlini cut into the middle and whipped a knuckling puck against the grain on Andersen for his 12th of the season and fifth in the last four games.Tavares lost the puck at the offensive blue line John Klingberg Jersey
, leading to a 2-on-1 break the other way that saw Patrick Kane feed Kahun for his 12th with 2:47 remaining.Saad was left all alone in front to tuck his 23rd with 1:14 left in the period as four Toronto players were caught puck-watching.“I think the first (period) was a great example of us being really smart — getting pucks back, causing turnovers, scoring off the rush, scoring in transition,” Colliton said. “We had some (offensive) zone time too where we were able to hold them down and create things with five guys in the zone. And we’re doing it more and more consistently which is nice to see and it’s got to continue.”It marked the first time the Leafs have given up four goals in a period this season, and the first time it’s happened in the opening 20 minutes of a home game since Dec. 23, 2008.Andersen was replaced by Sparks to start the second, marking the first time in his career he’s been pulled in consecutive games.Chicago made it 5-0 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the middle period when DeBrincat roofed a shot past Sparks for his 38th.Toronto finally got on the board with 1:33 left in the second when Rielly had his shot deflected in by Johnsson for his 20th.Matthews pulled the Maple Leafs to 5-2 at 7:57 of the third with his 32nd. Rielly’s shot on the power play got through traffic and beat Delia with just over 9 minutes remaining, and Tavares stuffed his career-high 39th with 1:31 left.“We didn’t put ourselves in a very good position,” Rielly said. “But I think you have to be happy with the way we battled back.”NOTES: After being held out of the lineup Monday for precautionary reasons because of an illness, Toronto announced Kasperi Kapanen has been diagnosed with a concussion. … The Maple Leafs were also minus Zach Hyman (flu), while defensemen Jake Gardiner (back) and Travis Dermott (shoulder) remain sidelined. … Nylander’s assist on Johnsson’s goal was the 100th of his career. … Chicago is 14-3-2 in its last 19 games against Toronto. … Kane has 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 17 career games against Toronto .UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Montreal on Saturday night.Maple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Friday night to finish a three-game homestand.