Within two days, the Canadian community of ice hockey lovers had a brilliant chance to enjoy the battle between the two strongest teams of the Northern Conference – Jets from Winnipeg and Maple Leafs from Toronto.
Leafs needed the win at all costs
After the jumpstart in the mid-season, Maple Leafs from Toronto claimed the throne of the Northern Conference, pretending to enter NHL play-offs from the leading position. Meanwhile, April 13 commenced the nightmare of the team’s supporters – five defeats in a row placed the Torontonians’ ambitions in jeopardy.
The two games against Jets from Winnipeg were crucial for the leader. Two more defeats could knock the team off the pedestal. While talking about the play-offs, Maple Leafs have already got those places; meanwhile, it’s always pleasant to be a winner.
Auston Matthews is back in the game
The Torontonian striker Auston Matthews was the main hero of the first game against Jets. The 23-year-old Canadian increased his personal collection by one goal and two assists. What’s interesting, Auston has assisted twice for the first time since February 24. The goal made the striker closer to the Maurice Richard Trophy – Matthews leads the ranking of goal scorers with 34 points.
Maple Leafs understood the necessity to change something, and two starting goals had been scored within 1 minute and 18 seconds – the unbelievable result, but Jets were back in the game soon. Two goals of Mitchel Marner tilted the balance in favor of Maple Leaves – 5:3 in the first match.
Mitchel Marner to celebrate his 100th scoring anniversary
In two days, the representatives of Winnipeg had perfect chances for revenge, but the home arena refilled the energy of Maple Leaves. The Torontonians were much more confident. The Jets opened the score on the 39th second, keeping in mind the result of the previous game. Meanwhile, the home team’s power was extreme – Jets from Winnipeg had got four goals in response.
Mitchel Marner scored his third goal in two games and reached the pleasant mark of 100 scored goals. Auston Mathews, the key scorer of Maple Leafs, added nothing to his balance.
The Torontonians to prove their leading status
Maple Leafs got the 4th victory over Jets in the last five face-to-face meetings; this is why the Torontonians prove this is still the strongest Canadian team. Having 65 points, that is hard to imagine that the leading team will let someone take their throne away. The representatives of Winnipeg are in second place with 57 points.