MARNER, MATTHEWS PUSH LEAD TO 2-1 BY END OF THE FIRST 20 MINUTES OF PLAY
1. In their second outing of a four-game road swing, the Leafs' offense showed no signs of losing its potency when they hit the Texas ice Tuesday. Winger Mitch Marner - who generated a pair of assists Sunday against the Hawks - began the scoring against the Stars when he took a pass from linemate Zach Hyman and fired a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Ben Bishop to make it 1-0 at the 9:40 mark:
Video: TOR@DAL: Marner wires home wrister from the slot
Toronto's lead held up for nearly eight minutes of the opening frame, before Dallas winger Alex Radulov fired the puck at Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, only to have the puck deflect off Buds defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and cross Toronto's goal line to tie it at one goal apiece at 17:23. However, the Leafs retook the lead 1:35 after Radulov's goal when winger Kasperi Kapanen followed up a shot on Bishop by corralling his rebound, curling in the offensive zone, and finding Matthews with a backhand pass that Matthews fired past Bishop to put Toronto ahead 2-1 with 62 seconds left until the second intermission:
Video: TOR@DAL: Matthews rips quick one-timer past Bishop
The goal was Matthews' league-leading sixth of the season, and gave him a four-game goal streak. The 21-year-old now has nine points as well, and to say he is continuing to blossom as a young superstar in hockey's top league is to understate it.