TLN Three Stars: Maple Leafs fall victim to a couple of Ryans and strong goaltending

Ryan Reaves scoring two goals tonight probably tells you everything you need to know about this game.
Much like a lot of this road trip, four out of the five games actually, the Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves with a multi-goal lead before blowing it. Twice they found themselves holding on for the win, and now twice they would eventually lose it. There’s a lot of other circumstances involved, what with Jack Campbell’s play somewhat falling off and him likely getting fatigued, the Leafs now being almost two weeks deep into this road trip, an injured blueline, and also score effects are usually a thing that comes into play when you take a lead. And a lot of the goals the Rangers scored, including Reaves second and Ryan Strome’s, were some pretty weird bounces. But, it’s also not the best thing to see happening over and over again.
The game also saw Auston Matthews road goal streak come to an end right before tying the NHL record, despite a goal that got waived off for a kicking motion that almost started the Leafs comeback.
Three Stars
3rd Star: William Nylander
It wasn’t his best game defensively, or even his line’s, but Nylander mostly gets the third star for there not being a ton of options from this game …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

LISTEN: Matthews sends love to Tavares, teammates after scoring in Los Angeles

Auston Matthews loves scoring — and those who help him to score.

Moments after scoring his team’s fourth goal (and his eighth of the 2021–22 season) in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 6–2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Matthews took the time to express his admiration for captain John Tavares — who recorded the primary assist on the marker — and his teammates.
Matthews played with a live microphone attached to his uniform during Wednesday’s game. The NHL on TNT broadcast shared ice-level audio of Matthews’ post-goal cheer from late in the second period in Los Angeles.
Here’s a clip of Matthews’ goal and subsequent celebration, as shared to Twitter by @TicTacTOmar:

Auston Matthews mic’d up for his goal
“I love you Johnny! I love you boys!”
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 25, 2021

Matthews scored at the 13:16 mark of the second period on Wednesday, with Tavares and TJ Brodie picking up the assists. Alexander Kerfoot, Pierre Engvall, Tavares, Jason Spezza, and Michael Bunting also tallied for the Leafs in the victory.
Toronto improved to 14–6–1 with the win and currently sit in second place (behind only the Florida Panthers) in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with 29 points.
Matthews, …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Rielly undresses Trouba, snipes past Shesterkin for second of the night

After scoring just once in his first 17 games of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly added two more goals in the first two periods against the New York Rangers on Thursday evening.

Rielly’s second goal of the night was one for the highlight reel. With the Leafs on the power play, Rielly took a pass at the left point from Auston Matthews and proceeded to drag the puck around Jacob Trouba before firing it past Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
John Tavares picked up the second assist on Rielly’s third goal of the season, which came at the 10:59 mark of the second period. Here’s the video of the play, as posted to Twitter by the official Sportsnet account:

Yeah, so Morgan Rielly is having himself a night.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2021

Rielly now has three goals and 13 points in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Wayne Simmonds and Michael Bunting recorded the helpers on Rielly’s first goal of Thursday’s game, which came just 3:41 into the opening frame.
The Leafs currently lead the Rangers by a 2-1 score early in the third period, with Dryden Hunt getting New York …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Leafs reportedly searching for offensive help

Ah yes, the all important search for secondary scoring. A search that seems a little more pointless after Travis Boyd and Wayne Simmonds scoring last night, but with the injuries to Joe Thornton and Nick Robertson, it’s going to be a storyline that likely won’t go away, and one that the Leafs would probably be wise to pursue, but maybe not with the same sense of injury that seemed required a few days ago.
From Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts:
I didn’t think Toronto would need forwards, but here we are. With Nicholas Robertson and Joe Thornton out long-term, the Maple Leafs are searching for any potential upgrades to what they’ve got.
So when we look at what they’ve got, this largely points to a few players needing to show more. Both Ilya Mikheyev and Alexander Kerfoot seem more primed to be defensive specialists, and an offensive output should be considered a pleasant surprise, rather than a line that can be counted on to produce. Jason Spezza certainly doesn’t look to be a secondary scoring option so far, but it’s questionable how much he’s been given linemates to help him produce offense. One …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation