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The Maple Leafs beat the Sharks thanks to Tavares and Nylander

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night, with goals and assists from John Tavares and William Nylander.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) —

Toronto won for the 8th time in nine games, with goals from Auston Matthews and Wayne Simmonds and backup goalkeeper Joseph Woll stopping 34 shots. The Maple Leafs are 11-2 in November, and their last three opponents have been outscored 13-3. Toronto is now tied for top place in the Atlantic Division with Florida.

“I think we want to keep things balanced, but we’re also enjoying each other right now,” Simmonds remarked. “We’re doing a good job of concentrating on our games and taking things one game at a time, period by period.” “However, we’re having a nice time.”

Nick Bonino scored in the first period for the Sharks, but their defence couldn’t hold up against the Leafs’ persistent pressure. In the second period, James Reimer (13 saves on 17 shots) was replaced by Adin Hill, who has been a bright spot in the net for San Jose recently (16 saves).
Sloppy puck handling hampered the Sharks for much of the game.

“There are turnovers all over the ice, and that’s when we get into danger.” Sharks centre Logan Couture remarked, “We turn the puck over much too often.” “Going into tonight, we declared we wanted to play our style, not theirs. Transitions and turnovers are a big part of their game. For a 4-1 loss, we fed into their style and recipe.”

Toronto took the lead after only 31 seconds of play.
A pass from Morgan Rielly was deflected by Tavares and landed on Nylander’s stick, who beat Reimer for a 1-0 Toronto lead.
With his 2nd goal in as many games for San Jose, Bonino knotted it at 4:44 of the first period. Simmonds deflected David Kampf’s shot past Reimer for a 2-1 lead for the Maple Leafs just 32 seconds later.

In the second period, Matthews scored on a deflection of Timothy Liljegren’s shot, extending Toronto’s lead. Shortly after, Tavares scored his 10th goal of the season on the power play.
“We talk about having a very high standard and pushing that level when you have success and results, and we’re doing wonderful things,” Tavares added. “That’s what we’d like to be about.”

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