Maple Leafs’ offence erupts with goal-a-palooza to crush Kings

LOS ANGELES — The way the Toronto Maple Leafs played on Thanksgiving Eve, you’d have to wonder if Justin Bieber had promised them a turducken feast for a win.

Laying down their most decisive road victory of the season, the Leafs’ offence shone brighter than the home team’s blindingly silver helmets.

Point Night in the U.S.A.

In defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday night, 11 Maple Leafs etched their names on a busy scoresheet. Wayne Simmonds, Rasmus Sandin, Pierre Engvall, T.J. Brodie, Auston Matthews and John Tavares all threw down multi-point performances. And Matthews notched his first 5-on-5 goal in 10 games, his longest such drought since he was a moustache-free rookie.

“If the chances continue to come, they’re going to drop,” an unflustered Matthews said Tuesday. “So, it’s just a matter of time and staying positive. We’re winning games, and that’s all that really matters.”


Since turning the 18-wheeler off the cliff’s edge in Chicago a month ago, Toronto has been on a steady climb up the mountain. Winners of 12 of its past 14 games, the holes in Toronto’s game are getting increasingly difficult to magnify.

Jack Campbell, playing at an all-world level, won in an emotional return to L.A. and evened his head-to-head score with mentor Jonathan Quick.

The stingy defence and penalty kill rate top-three leaguewide in goals allowed.

And, as Wednesday reminded, they have enough skill to stuff the net. The Leafs’ six…

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