TORONTO – Jonathan Fast made 33 saves because the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Maple Leafs 5-1 on Monday evening to snap Toronto’s five-game successful streak.
Phillip Danault had two targets and an help for Los Angeles (6-5-1), whereas Andreas Athanasiou, with a objective and an help, former Leafs ahead Trevor Moore and Adrian Kempe, into an empty internet, offered the remainder of the offence.
Alex Iafallo added two assists because the Kings gained their fifth straight.
John Tavares replied for Toronto (7-5-1). Jack Campbell, who was Fast’s understudy with the Kings for components of two seasons, made 24 stops in his first profession begin towards his former group.
After hitting an early publish, the Kings went up 1-0 at 10:52 of the opening interval when Moore stepped previous Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin — his teammates with each the Leafs and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies — earlier than firing his first objective of the season previous Campbell.
The 29-year-old netminder, who rediscovered his sport in Los Angeles after the Dallas Stars chosen him eleventh general on the 2010 NHL draft, was acquired by the Leafs from the Kings together with bruising ahead Kyle Clifford for Moore and two draft picks in February 2020.
The house facet, which had a string of sluggish begins earlier within the schedule, got here shut on the different finish moments later when Fast robbed Wayne Simmonds in entrance off a Jason Spezza feed.
Los Angeles had scored simply 5 instances within the first interval coming into Monday, however doubled its lead at 14:21 when Athanasiou blew by Leafs blue-liner Jake Muzzin — one other former King — and snuck a shot via Campbell for his first.
Toronto’s energy play entered play 5 for 10 over the Leafs’ final 4 video games, and linked early within the second when Moore went off for hooking. Tavares was robbed by the 35-year-old Fast early within the man benefit, however buried his seventh at 1:51 off a setup from Mitch Marner and William Nylander.
The objective was the 99th in blue and white for Toronto’s captain, and the 14th consecutive Leafs objective scored by both Tavares, Marner, Nylander or Auston Matthews, who hit the publish a couple of minutes later.
However the Kings restored their two-goal edge at 13:56 when Danault, who signed with Los Angeles in free company after serving to the Montreal Canadiens make final season’s Stanley Cup closing, scored his second on a sequence that noticed the puck pinball off his skate twice and dribble over the objective line.
The NHL’s state of affairs room initiated a video overview to find out if there was a definite kicking movement by the Kings centre, however the name on the ice stood.
Within the midst of a stretch of 9 of 11 video games at Scotiabank Area, the Leafs had a pair terrific alternatives to get again inside one earlier than the interval was out, however Fast robbed Marner and Nylander earlier than Matthews fired extensive simply extensive with the Los Angeles netminder out of place.
After killing off the guests’ third energy play of the evening early within the closing interval to remain inside two, Toronto obtained a person benefit of its personal, however couldn’t generate a lot on the stingy Kings.
Fast, who made 33 saves, denied Nylander on the doorstep with 5 minutes to go. Danault scored with 4:30 left in regulation earlier than Kempe iced issues into an empty internet.
Notes: The Kings proceed their four-game Canadian street journey Tuesday in Montreal. … The Leafs go to Philadelphia on Wednesday. … Liljegren dressed for a fifth straight sport, whereas Justin Holl was as soon as once more a wholesome scratch.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 8, 2021.
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