The Leafs destroyed the Edmonton Oilers 6-1 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to three games. In the highly-touted matchup of Auston Matthews versus Connor McDavid, each player finished with one assist.

The Good

  • Andreas Johnsson scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season, continuing a phenomenal turnaround from his sluggish start to this season.
  • With the Leafs trailing 1-0 in the first period, Patrick Marleau pounced on a rebound to register his 14th goal of the year. It was the 549th goal of Marleau’s career, putting him into a tie with Ron Francis for 28th place on the NHL’s all-time list, one ahead of Michel Goulet
  • Mitch Marner started a four-goal second period outburst for the Leafs with a deflection of a Zach Hyman shot, his 22nd goal of the year.
  • William Nylander found an opening over the shoulder of goaltender Mikko Koskinen, collecting his fifth goal of the season.
  • John Tavares found the net on a 5-on-3 power play to register his 36th goal of the season.
  • Frederik Andersen didn’t have to be overly busy, but during a flurry in the second period, he made consecutive saves on Oscar Klefbom, much to the appreciation of the fans at Scotiabank Arena.

The Bad

  • It was yet another slow start for the Leafs, who gave up 13 of the first 15 shots of the game.
  • Ron Hainsey was completely turned inside-out by Leon Draisaitl, who scored a highlight reel power play goal to open the scoring.

The Ugly

  • Kasperi Kapanen left the game briefly in the second period after an awkward slide into the boards.
  • The Leafs lost Travis Dermott in the third period after being checked by Brad Malone. Coach Mike Babcock stated that Dermott hurt his shoulder, and is week-to-week.

Rob Del Mundo is the author of Off The Post, and is a regular columnist at

In 2019, Rob co-wrote with Evan Gubernick “The Hockey Addict’s Guide To Toronto”, now available at Chapters and Indigo stores everywhere.