NHL: Auston Matthews leads Maple Leafs past Jets


Auston Matthews scored twice early in the second period, Ilya Samsonov stopped 37 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Thursday night.

Mitchell Marner scored a short-handed goal to extend his team-record home point streak to 20 games.

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Mark Giordano scored an empty-net goal and Michael Bunting added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row.

The Maple Leafs have won both games against the Jets this season.

Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, who lost for the third time in their past 11 games.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots for the Jets, who also lost the opener of their five-game road trip Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Jets had a 16-6 advantage in shots on goal in a scoreless first period.

Each team had a power-play opportunity in the first with Winnipeg’s being more dangerous with four shots on goal. The Maple Leafs had one shot on goal during their power play.

Matthews scored eight seconds into the second period. He beat Mark Scheifele at the blue line before finding the five-hole on a shot from the left circle.

Matthews scored his 24th goal of the season at 3:47 of the second period from the slot on Bunting’s pass from behind the goal line.

Marner scored his 17th goal of the season at 13:49 of the second on a shot from the left circle while the Maple Leafs were short-handed.

Samsonov made a big save on Connor in the final minute of the second period.

Winnipeg had a 26-16 advantage in shots on goal after the second period.

Connor scored his 23rd goal of the season four minutes into the third period on a shot from the right circle when Winnipeg had a five-on-three advantage.

Toronto was called for too many men on the ice at 2:12 and Giordano took a tripping penalty 48 seconds later.

Giordano scored his second goal of the season at 17:33 of the third into an empty net.

–Field Level Media

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