Leafs head into All-Star break with dominant win

The slump for Nazem Kadri appears to be over.

After going 20 games with just a single goal – that was deflected off his skate – Kadri has found the net in back-to-back games. The Leafs forward scored twice on Thursday nights in Toronto’s 4-1 win in Dallas.

The outing was dominated by the Leafs from start to finish as Mike Babcock’s squad played the perennial ‘perfect road game’. Curtis McElhinney was sensational in net, making 39 saves in his first appearance in five weeks.

“I thought (McElhinney) was solid,” coach Mike Babcock said to reporters after the game. “That’s what we pay him to do. We pay him to be here and be supportive and play when he’s asked to play. He’s a good pro.”

Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the year and Zach Hyman also tallied for Toronto.

Jake Gardiner had a strong offensive night, collecting three assists.

The Leafs head into the NHL All-Star game having recorded back-to-back road wins. The team’s next game is Wednesday, January 31 when they host the New York Islanders.