Video: TOR@EDM: Matthews tips home a power-play tally
1. Matthews' goal streak extends to three thanks to first-period marker (and first goal of game) set up beautifully by Nylander. With nine goals and 17 points in 21 games this season, centre Auston Matthews started the night in a three-way tie with winger James van Riemsdyk and centre Nazem Kadri for the Leafs' team lead in goals, and was one point behind van Riemdsyk and winger Mitch Marner for the team lead in points. And Matthews improved those numbers Tuesday in Edmonton by scoring the first goal of the game at 5:45 to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead they'd take into the first intermission.
And although Matthews deserves credit for tapping the puck past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, the scoring play was created by an impressive assist from forward William Nylander, who returned to Toronto's lineup after missing Saturday's 4-2 win over Washington. Skating with the puck up the side of the rink from the Leafs' blueline, Nylander deftly located Matthews directly in front of the net and at a very high speed, making the defence of it virtually impossible. It was the youngster's 10th assist of the year, and a fine example of his superior vision and hand-eye coordination.