Heading out west may have come at the perfect time for the Maple Leafs. After an emotional night in New York, Leafs Nation joined arms to let star center John Tavares know he is loved and wanted in Toronto.
Roadtrips are a time for bonding with zero distractions other than to be amongst one another and although it is something the team has been well known for it gives them that week to remind eachother they’re in this together and have eachothers backs.
The night also came with several more personal and team achievements:
Mitch Marner became the 1st Maple Leaf since Phil Kessel in the 2013-2014 season to reach the 80 point plateau.
Zach Hyman set a new career high in goals with 16.
Morgan Rielly set a new career high in assists with 47.
Tyler Ennis recorded his 1st NHL hattrick.
And Frederik Andersen moved into a tie for 1st with Marc-Andre Fleury as the NHL wins leader (in 8 less starts I might add)
Tyler Ennis’ 10th of the season (his 1st of the night) became the 10th Maple Leaf to hit double digits in goals, showing the teams depth lines 1 through 4.
The Maple Leafs will head to Vancouver Wednesday night for a matchup with the Canucks and cap of their west roadtrip with a showdown against Connor McDavid and The Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.