In a much anticipated matchup of Auston Matthews against Connor McDavid, the Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday for just their second road win of the season.
Toronto’s victory came on the strength of three goals in the second period.
William Nylander returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with an upper body injury, and quickly made his presence felt with an incredible cross-ice pass to Matthews for the opening goal.
The clubs played firewagon hockey for a brief stretch in the middle frame. James van Riemsdyk converted from the edge of the crease to put his team up by a pair. Edmonton responded when Andrej Sekera fired the puck from the point past Frederik Andersen to trim the lead.
The Leafs promptly reclaimed their two-goal advantage, captializing on a turnover with Nazem Kadri being the beneficiary. It marked the second consecutive game that Matthews, van Riemsdyk and Kadri each found the back of the net. All three players are tied for the team lead with ten goals apiece.
Zach Hyman scored late in the frame to round out the Leafs’ scoring.
McDavid, not to be denied, scored a trademark highlight reel goal in the third period, pouncing on a Leafs’ line change and bursting through the zone for a breakaway tally. The Oilers’ captain finished the evening with a goal and an assist.
Andersen made 28 saves in net for the win.