"He's mentally tough, he doesn't really care when he gets scored on, he just gets right back in the net and he gives it his all every time", said Auston Matthews.
However, the Leafs may be without the Calder Trophy winner Monday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Skating on a line with William Nylander and James van Riemsdyk, Matthews got hold of the puck on the right wing and completed a 360-degree spin move around Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa before driving toward the net and feeding van Riemsdyk for an easy goal.
The 20-year-old Matthews has 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 15 games this season.
On Monday the Leafs got off to the start they wanted, holding a 3-1 lead after the first period, but in the second they regressed with too many turnovers and gave up too many odd man rushes.
NEW YORK - Michael Grabner had two goals and New York scored four times in the third period to rally past Columbus for its fourth straight victory.
Babcock credited the club's shrewd construction, led by George McPhee, the president of hockey operations and general manager, for the Golden Knights strong showing so far.
Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets in the finale of their three-game road trip.
The goal, a power play marker with 70 seconds left, cut Toronto's lead to 3-2. The rookie goaltender now has a 1-3-1 record with a 4.03 goals-against-average and a.861 save percentage this season.
"We wanted to get off to a good start, which we did", Kadri said. So I was happy we were able to get off to a good start.
NOTES: Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews was in the starting lineup after he left the morning skate early and was listed as a game-time decision by coach Mike Babcock because of "a little soreness.".
"We turned the puck over too much in the second, but I thought we dug in and we got some saves out of Freddie (Andersen) in overtime and, obviously, the shootout".
"Sometimes you need to go through some of these things to get better, yet to you never want to be in it when it's going bad for you", said Babcock. He was plucked from the Maple Leafs in the June 21 expansion draft.
The Knights play the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday to conclude the six-game road trip and return home Friday night to host the Winnipeg Jets. I don't even know what they're saying, to be honest with you, I don't listen.
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