After a very weak opening block (3-6-1, last place in the league, 18 goals scored) Toronto looks for a big rebound in Block 2:
Leafs 4, Los Angeles 3
LA dominated the early play, getting the first 12 sog in the game, but the Leafs withstood the early onslaught and then took control, opening a 3-0 lead including a pair of PPG by Patric Hornqvist. The Kings closed it to 3-2 by the end of the 2nd but Justin Williams extended the lead in the 3rd for Toronto. Jonathan Toews closed the deficit to 1 with 8:16 to play, but Frederik Andersen and the LEafs closed it out for a much-needed win.
The Leafs stole this one. NJ took a 1-0 lead in the first, with a 17-9 edge in shots. The Leafs evened the play (shots were 9-7 NJ) and the score on Evander Kane’s 3rd of the season. The 3rd period was all NJ, as they outshot Toronto 21-3. But, the Leafs beat Semyon Varlamov twice on their 3 shots, with Mikko Koivu and Sidney Crosby each scoring their 3rd of the season, while Casey DeSmith stopped all 21 he faced, earning 1st star honors in his 1st game of the season, a 46 save performance.
Another big effort from Casey DeSmith, 29 saves and another #1 star, but the story of this game was the Alexander Radulov-Evander Kane battle. They took coincidental penalties 4 times! At 2:46 of the first period it was 4 for Kane, 2 for Radulov. At 19:14 it was 9 for Radulov and 7 for Kane. Then in the 2nd and 3rd it was a couple more 4/2’s with Kane getting the extra each time, making the final count 19 PIM for Kane and 15 for Radulov.