John Tavares and Pierre Engvall had a purpose and an help apiece whereas Toronto scored 4 consecutive instances within the second interval, and the Maple Leafs rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday evening.

Alexander Kerfoot, Auston Matthews, Jason Spezza and Michael Bunting additionally scored because the Leafs avenged their 5-1 loss to the Kings in Toronto on Nov. 8 with their very own blowout victory. Toronto scored 4 targets in a 12 1/2-minute span of the second, and Bunting added a fifth straight within the third.

“I can’t remember the last time we’ve blown a game open like that, in terms of the goals going in, having a second period like that,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe stated. “It’s been a long time, maybe all season, really. … We’ve played good hockey on the road here of late, but we haven’t gotten the goals, so we’ve really had to grind it out to the very end. It’s nice today to have a nice cushion and leave here with lots of positives.”

Jack Campbell made 30 saves in opposition to his former staff for Toronto, which opened a three-game California street swing with its seventh victory in eight video games since that thrashing from the Kings 16 days in the past. Campbell comfortably received his first sport again at Staples Center because the Kings traded him to Toronto in February 2020.

“We’re just rolling,” stated Campbell, who resurrected his NHL profession whereas spending almost 4 years within the Kings group. “We’re having fun. We’re working hard, and we’re just trying to get better each day. It’s just a great group to be a part of. We expect to be in this spot, and we’re just trying to keep getting better.”

Engvall, who had two factors in his earlier 15 video games, began the second-period flurry along with his first purpose because the season opener. He ended up with the primary multipoint efficiency of his 111-game NHL profession.

Sean Durzi had a purpose and an help in his NHL debut for the Kings, who acquired the 23-year-old defenseman from his hometown Maple Leafs almost three years in the past. Durzi arrange Viktor Arvidsson’s early purpose earlier than scoring his personal with 3:53 to play, placing a tough shot just below the bar.

Jonathan Quick stopped 32 photographs for the Kings, who’ve misplaced 5 straight since a seven-game successful streak — which was preceded by a six-game slide.

Los Angeles is winless within the first 4 video games of a seven-game homestand. The Kings have allowed 18 targets throughout their five-game skid after beforehand rating as one of the NHL’s high defensive groups.

“Let’s hope it was a one-off,” coach Todd McLellan stated. “We won’t know until we play the next, but tonight was obviously not a good night for us. I thought that one team skated like they were on top of the ice, and smooth and fast. And another team just sloshed through the slush, if you will. We were slow. When we were quick to make decisions, we had poor execution.”

Quick entered the evening sixth within the NHL in goals-against common and save proportion throughout his spectacular bounce-back season, however Toronto put a giant dent in his statistics.

Spezza capped the second-period flurry when he related on the ability play for his first purpose since Oct. 23, snapping a 14-game drought.

“Winning is very fun, and it makes a fun atmosphere around the room,” Spezza stated. “Makes the off days fun and makes practices fun. When you’re winning, it seems like everybody is feeling good. I think our team is coming closer together as a group and getting a lot of chemistry through these wins, and it creates a belief that we’re winning close games, we’re winning games the right way.”


Durzi is a Mississauga native who was drafted by the Leafs within the second spherical in 2018, however then traded to Los Angeles in a package deal for veteran defenseman Jake Muzzin in January 2019. Durzi, a childhood Leafs fan, had his mother and father, brothers and girlfriend in attendance at Staples Center for the massive evening, along with his mother even interrupting a women’ journey to the Dominican Republic to make it.

“It was nice,” Durzi stated of his first purpose. “Obviously, garbage time in the hockey game, but I thought to get it out of the way was good. There’s a lot to clean up, but it was really good.”


Toronto ahead David Kampf left early within the first interval after Los Angeles’ Rasmus Kupari clipped him within the head. Kampf can be re-evaluated Thursday.

“It looked to me like direct contact to his head, obviously,” Keefe stated. “So you hate to see that. I don’t know how much intent was there. Looked pretty accidental to me.”

Arvidsson has a bruised collarbone after Nick Ritchie’s shot glanced off him.


Maple Leafs: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Kings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.