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Maple Leafs coming in hot

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start, scoring 19 goals within the first three games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs opened their season against the Winnipeg Jets. Games between the Leafs and Jets come with extra anticipation due to Jets’ Patrik Laine and Leafs’ Auston Matthews. The game would be nothing short of exciting for Leafs fans as their team would jump on the Jets and defeat them 7-2. Former longtime San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau would score his first two goals in blue and white during the victory.

Next for the Leafs, they would host the New York Rangers in their home-opener. They would pick up a 5-1 lead but questionable defensive play against a Rangers surge would lead to the game being tied. However, the Leafs showed no quit and would score three more to win 8-5.

The quest to stay undefeated

Last night, the Leafs took on their Original Six rival, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks started their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they obliterated the defending Stanley Cup Champions 10-1. They then would face the Columbus Blue Jackets and defeat them 5-1.

The Blackhawks are coming off a surprising playoff exit, which saw the eventual Western Conference Champions Nashville Predators sweep them. So, the big win over the Stanley Cup Champions has them looking like a team out for redemption.

Monday’s game saw the Blackhawks jump to a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Jan Rutta and Jonathan Toews. In the second period, play would start shifting the way of the Leafs. They would score one off the stick of Nikita Zaitsev and exit the second down by one. In the third, former Maple Leaf Richard Panik scored to make it 3-1 Chicago. The Leafs would not quit and hammer pucks on Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg. Due to the strong play of Forsberg, the Leafs would struggle to score, but this would not keep them at bay. Connor Brown would beat Forsberg to earn his first of the season and bring the Leafs deficit to one. Then, within the final few minutes of the game with a strong surge of blue and white, James van Riemsdyk would tie it with a deflection.

The Original Six matchup went into overtime.

The Leafs would keep on their strong play and put Forsberg to work in the extra frame. Eventually, Matthews would score the unassisted game winner after stripping the Hawks of the puck.

The win keeps the Maple Leafs undefeated heading into a matchup Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils