Tavares, Engvall lead Maple Leafs attack in 6-2 rout of Kings

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell makes a save in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. On November 24, 2021, the Maple Leafs won 6–2.Jayne Kamin-Wancia/USA Today Sports Via Reuters

John Tavares and Pierre Angval had one goal and one assist, while Toronto scored four goals in a row in the second period, and the Maple Leafs registered a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

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Alexander Kerfoot, Auston Matthews, Jason Spieza and Michael Bunting also scored as the Leafs avenged their 5–1 loss to the Kings in Toronto on November 8 with a stunning victory. Toronto scored four times in the 12½ minutes of the second, and Bunting scored his fifth consecutive goal in the third.

Angwal, who scored two points in his last 15 matches, started a second-period flurry with his first goal since the season’s first goal. He finished with the first multi-point performance of his 111-game NHL career.

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In his NHL debut for the Kings was a goal and assist from Shaun Durzy, who acquired the 23-year-old defenseman from his hometown Maple Leafs nearly three years earlier. Durzi fired a hard shot just below the bar, before scoring his score with 3:53 to set up Viktor Arvidsson’s opening goal.

Jonathan Quick blocked 32 shots for the Kings, who have lost five in a row since a seven-game winning streak – which was preceded by a six-game slide.

Los Angeles does not win the first four games of the seven-game homestand. Ranking first as one of the NHL’s top defensive teams, the Kings have allowed the Kings to score 18 goals during their five-game skid.

Durzy is a Mississauga native who was drafted by the Leafs in the second round in 2018, but then traded to Los Angeles in January 2019 in a package for veteran defenseman Jake Muzin. A childhood Leafs fan, Durjee’s parents and brother were in attendance. For the big night at Staples Center.

Jack Campbell made 30 saves for Toronto against his former team, opening a three-game California road swing with his seventh win in eight games since their loss to the Kings 16 days earlier.

Quick entered his sixth night in the NHL to save more percentages than average in his impressive bounceback season, but Toronto made a big dent in his figures.

Kerfut kept the Leafs ahead with a transition goal in the opening minutes, driving home a saucer pass from Ondez Kay for his first goal of November.

Arvidsson tied it early in second, but Engvall put the Leafs back two minutes later when he was once left alone in the slot for a pass from Kings forward Wayne Simmonds.

Tavares achieved the ninth goal moments later with the help of a long shot from William Nylander. After Mathews scored his eighth of the season, Spezza linked to the power play for his first goal since 23 October, breaking a 14-game drought.

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Maple Leafs: Friday at the San Jose Sharks.

Kings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

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