The Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the Calgary Flames Tuesday night, protecting their early lead in the NHL’s North division. The Leafs now hold a 6-2-0 record, two points above the Montreal Canadiens. Toronto will continue their short road trip Thursday night against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
The Maple Leafs have taken advantage of their Canadian-franchise counterparts through eight games. Utilizing their skill on offence has proven difficult to muzzle, even for a physical Calgary Flames team. Still, the bout wasn’t perfect for the boys in blue. A stellar first period for the Leafs was followed by an abysmal second, during which they were outshot 18-5. Nevertheless, the Matthews-Marner show put on a grand display to close out the game, with Mitch potting the game winner.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 27, 2021
Matthew Tkachuk signed his name on the Leafs naughty list when he ‘rested’ his knee on a vulnerable Frederik Andersen’s head Sunday.
The 23-year old proceeded to release his frustration Tuesday when Jake Muzzin flipped a puck in his direction after the game had concluded.
Jake Muzzin flips the puck at Matthew Tkachuk at the end of the game. Tkachuk throws a fit on his way off pic.twitter.com/yR4UeKXe7P
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 27, 2021
Say what you will about Tkachuk, his ability to engage opposing fanbases and provide us with premium content is undeniable.
In all fairness, one of the many benefits of the North division is the constant competition. With Canadian franchises forced to play each other (a lot) more than usual, the battle between players has approached the epitome of entertainment.