Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs’ inevitable offensive explosion arrives in Campbell’s return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – In the lead-up to Wednesday’s Maple Leafs-Kings game, Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe offered his team at least one bit of direction with an eye toward boosting an offence that ranked 26th in the NHL in goals per game.

Attack the net more frequently and with more urgency, Keefe said.

The coach had to be pleased to see such immediate results in an explosive 6-2 win. Not only was it Toronto’s highest-scoring outing of the season – a veritable points night in which Rasmus Sandin led the stat-piling brigade with three assists and five other Maple Leafs managed two-point performances. The bulk of Toronto’s offence came at close range to the home crease.

Alex Kerfoot opened the scoring on a top-shelf backhand from the goal mouth. And by the time the second period rolled around, the onslaught was on. Pierre Engvall made it 2-1 for Toronto, going to the net on a nifty cross-ice feed from Wayne Simmonds. John Tavares carved out dirty-area real estate before tipping in a set-piece point shot from William Nylander. Auston Matthews scored his first goal in four games on a doorstep tap-in from Tavares. Jason Spezza’s power-play slapper from the right wing – the one that made it 5-1 – came as Nick Ritchie did his best to screen Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Even the Kings got in on the act. While Toronto’s Michael Bunting was credited with the goal that made…

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