6 goals from 6 different players lead to entertaining win over Kings – The Athletic

The Leafs’ last three-game California road trip all the way back in March 2020 was a low point in the team’s 2019-20 season: They lost all three games, scored just three goals and appeared to have lost all the mojo they showed after Sheldon Keefe had been hired earlier in the season.

This current California road trip is already off to a much better start after the Leafs steamrolled the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-2 win. It’s the Leafs’ 12th win in 14 games and is symbolic of just how much this team has evolved in a short amount of time as they continue to play some of the best hockey in this stretch that they’ve ever played under Keefe.

Led by six goals from six different players, several of whom broke lengthy goal-scoring slumps, this was one of the more entertaining performances from the Leafs this season.

First star

Rasmus Sandin

This was the kind of smooth and effective performance that probably made a lot of people in the Leafs organization excited about what Sandin’s future holds. He very rarely made a bad decision with the puck in all three zones and was rewarded 17:31 TOI and two primary assists and one secondary assist. It was his first three-point game of his NHL career.

Second star

Wayne Simmonds  

A nifty heads-up pass out of his own zone got the Leafs moving quickly ahead of the team’s first goal, and it wasn’t his only difference-making pass of the evening.

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