Tavares, Nylander lead the Maple Leafs past the Sharks 4-1

SAN JOSE, California (AP) – John Tavares and William Nylander each had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple …

SAN JOSE, California (AP) – John Tavares and William Nylander each had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Friday night.

Auston Matthews and Wayne Simmonds added goals, and backup goalkeeper Joseph Woll stopped 34 shots as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games. The Maple Leafs have 11-2 in November and have surpassed their last three opponents 13-3. Toronto moved into a draw with Florida for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Sharks scored a goal in the first period from Nick Bonino, but their defense could not withstand constant pressure from the Leafs. James Reimer, who has provided a spark in the net recently for San Jose, was pulled in the second period in favor of Adin Hill.

Toronto jumped ahead just 31 seconds inside the match.

Tavares vigilantly let a pass from Morgan Rielly slip past him, and it landed on the stick of Nylander, who beat Reimer to a 1-0 lead in Toronto.

Bonino equalized 4:44 to the first with his second goal in as many games for San Jose. But the Maple Leafs responded just 32 seconds later as Simmonds deflected David Kampf’s shot past Reimer to a 2-1 lead.

Matthews scored on a deflection of Timothy Liljegren’s shot in the second period, increasing Toronto’s lead. Tavares added his 10th goal of the season on a powerplay shortly after.


Toronto’s right wing Ondrej Kase was scratched Friday after a heavy workload in Wednesday’s victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The six-year veteran, who only played three games last season due to injury, has five goals and three assists in 21 games this season.


San Jose defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic played in his 1,100. NHL game. He is five games from passing Joe Thornton to second place on the Sharks’ all-time list of the game.


Maple Leafs: Travel to Anaheim on Sunday to complete a four-game tour.

Sharks: Play in Chicago on Sunday to begin a five-game tour.


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