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Sharks remain perfect, beating sluggish maple leaves 5-3-CBS San Francisco

TORONTO (AP) -Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, and Adin Hill made 30 saves in San Jose’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, keeping the Sharks perfect in the young season.

Timo Meier, Jonathan Dahlen and Erik Karlsson provided the rest of the offense for San Jose (4-0-0), who played for the third time in four nights, including a 2-1 victory Thursday over the Ottawa Senators.

“It was another team win,” Meier said. “We find our identity.”

Jason Spezza, Ondrej Kase and John Tavares scored for Toronto (2-2-1). Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 shots for the Leafs, who have scored just 11 times in the first five games.

The Leafs’ Auston Matthews, who returned from offseason wrist surgery in Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, is without points through two outings.

“I think we could be a really dominant line,” he said. “We are still working on chemistry. It’s not going to happen overnight. ”

After a sleepy opening period, the offensive floods close in the second period. Couture scored his second goal of the season at 2:31 after winning an offensive zone draw as he sent a Marc-Edouard Vlasic careful attempt home.

Spezza, who lost face-off on Couture’s icebreaker, responded with his second of the year 56 seconds later on a scramble in front of Hill.

But the Sharks responded in just 17 seconds, with Meier firing a shot that found its way through Hutchinson (who got the call with Jack Campbell scheduled to start Saturday and Petr Mrazek out with a groin injury).

“There is a place between thinking and overthinking,” Hutchinson said of the intervening period. “You have to find the sweet spot. If you go both ways in both directions, the game becomes a little more challenging. ”

Kase equalized it again for Toronto again at. 10:24, when he blocked a shot by Tomas Hertl and ran in all alone. The Leafs winger hit Hill with a move to the back of his hand before crashing into referee Wes McCauley, but both stood up unscathed.

The visitors took the lead for the third time at 11:55 a.m. when Karlsson blew his second upstairs on Hutchinson, who made his first NHL start since April 4th.

Sharks vs. Maple Leafs

Sharks Center Logan Couture celebrates after scoring in the empty net in the third period against the Maple Leafs on October 22, 2021 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. (Julian Avram via Getty Images)

San Jose stretched its lead to 4-2 just 25 seconds inside third as Dahlen took a pass from Couture and fired five holes at Hutchinson for his third.

“It’s unforgivable,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said of his team, which had a 72-hour break between games. “You can not start the period like that when you try to come back.”

Toronto got its second powerplay tonight with eight minutes gone in the third, but could not get much of anything going.

“Not on the same page, fight it, not execution,” Keefe said of a unit that fell badly down the stretch in 2020-21. “Many of the same things we saw last season, to be honest.”

The Leafs came back inside one at 13:39 as a shot by William Nylander went ahead of Tavares in front and dribbled over the goal line for his first to make it 4-3.

Karlsson hit the post from the chase with two minutes to go, and Toronto pressed at the other end. Hill then flashed the leather on a Matthews one-timer from a Tavares drop pass, but Couture iced it into the empty net with less than a minute to play.

“There wasn’t much to pick up out there either way,” Keefe said. “It was a pretty boring hockey game all the way through, and that was exactly what San Jose was looking for.”

Friday’s puck fall was early because the Leafs were to embark on their first trip to the United States since March 2020 just after the game.


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