KADRI NETS FIRST OF BOOKENDED GOALS, KICKS OFF LEAFS' POWER PLAY DOMINANCE
The Leafs had a three-game win streak snapped Saturday in Boston, but from the moment Toronto's players took the ice at Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, they played like a team laser-focused on getting back to the win column. The Kings are a struggling squad with a new head coach in Willie Desjardins, and although they've got a slew of players who've achieved big things in hockey's top league, L.A. were not in top form as the Buds mauled them.
Toronto pressured the Kings into taking a penalty just 1:15 into the first period, and the Leafs capitalized on the power play - something that would repeat itself often in this game - when centre Nazem Kadri tapped in a perfect pass from winger Mitch Marner at the 2:42 mark:
Video: TOR@LAK: Kadri finishes tic-tac-toe for PPG
The power play marker was the sixth goal of the season (and the sixth in his past nine games) for Kadri, and it was the first of two goals he'd score against L.A. Tuesday. Kadri is flourishing right now, finding the net with pinpoint precision and benefitting from the creative brilliance of Marner.