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Maple Leafs fish for a win in Seattle, catch a big one

The Leafs Sock-eyed it to the Kraken, didn’t Flounder at all, and hooked a W on the west coast.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Seattle Kraken Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images

Intro

The game starts with a fast pace, good action up and down the ice with both teams playing great defence, blocking shots, taking chances, and a smooth whistle free four minutes that ends after Alex Kerfoot scores high blocker side from the top of the slot.

My expectations for both teams in this game are high.

Play resumes in the same fashion it started with, nice smooth play from both teams that see great saves and passing happen on both sides.

‘s puck

The Kraken get their turn to score a goal when Calle Jarnkrok scores his 9th goal of the season when Nylander’s puck moving attempt gets caught up in the refs skates, and Seattle takes advantage to tie it up.

All tied up halfway through the first.

But not for long!

Michael Bunting scores his 15th of the season. continuing his run for the Calder Trophy.

Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

The Maple Leafs continue their offensive domination of this period, moving the puck around nicely, keeping it away from the Kraken, and then Jamie Oleksiak is called for tripping Wayne Simmonds - dangerous! - and then a nice tic-tac-toe play started by Jason Spezza gets finished by Ondřej Kaše and the Leafs go up 3-1.

It’s not all fun and games, Jake Muzzin - who just returned from concussion watch - collides with Mason Appleton and heads to the room.

That’s not great, but what is great is the Maple Leafs holding a 3-1 lead as the first period ends.

The second period opens with a new goalie in the Kraken net, Chris Diedger takes over for Phillip Grubauer, who let in three goals on eleven shots. We also get Jake Muzzin back! Great start to the period!

The period almost gets better when William Nylander comes close to making it 4-1 (shudder) when he rings a shot off the post. So close Willie.

Vince Dunn trips William Nylander, giving the Maple Leafs 100% power play in this game a second chance to score. They do! Mitch Marner scores his 400th career point as a Maple Leaf!

It is 4-1 Maple Leafs mid-way through the game!

Auston Matthews takes a break from play to make Petr Mrázek do some work on the bench.

He’s also doing work on the ice.

The Seattle Kraken get a chance to score on the powerplay of their own, after David Kämpf is caught slashing future Leaf Vince Dunn? Think about it Dubas.

The Kraken do not score, and this easy going game is 4-1 at the end of the second period. Jack Campbell hasn’t been challenged a lot, but he’s stepping up when needed.

Intermission brings us an important message:

The Kraken do not debut a new goalie in the third period, but Jake Muzzin tries to bring Mrázek in when he knocks Morgan Geekie into the net. Muzzin is called for interference, but that's fine, as David Kämpf scores off a Mitch Marner rebound and makes it 5-1 Toronto.

The Kraken are 0-2 on the power play tonight. BUT! They get another chance when Justin Holl is called for tripping Marcus Johansson. Almost right away Jared McCann thinks he’s scored on Jack Campbell, but play continues for 30 seconds until the goal horn just goes off in the middle of play. It appears the goal was reviewed and announced good that way. I like it.

The random goal horn, not the goal itself.

5-2 Maple Leafs.

The Kraken have picked up their game, they’ve now closed the gap on shots on goal midway through the third, but have a long way to go to close the three goal gap.

They try, oh how they try, but the Leafs defensive game is strong and Jack Campbell is on top of his game tonight.

The Maple Leafs don’t give up, John Tavares almost scores, hitting the post, then Jake Muzzin makes it 6-2, ending his long goal drought.

That is it! The Maple Leafs get their 32nd win of the season against the 32nd NHL team. Numbers!

This game was a very nice palate cleanser after the frustrating games in Vancouver and Calgary last week. A very nice, calm, game that saw some highlight reel goals but no major goofs from the Leafs. Even strength, power play, and short handed goals. Build off this play, take it in, relax, enjoy yourselves, and keep it going like this.

Speaking of keeping it going, the Maple Leafs come home from the worst coast to host the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at 7PM. The Penguins have been hot lately, so it’s going to be a bigger challenge. Thankfully this was a confidence boosting game.

See you all then!

Game notes:

  • Auston Matthews two points gives him sole position of 19th all time in Maple Leafs points scoring
  • Mitch Marner scored his 400th point as a Leaf. He’s 21st all time behind Gary Leeman.
  • Marners two assists give him 281 for his career, tying him with Morgan Rielly for 15th all time in Toronto