The best of Leafs Twitter following the 4-2 Wild walloping

The Leafs have strung together two wins in a row now and are looking to keep the momentum going after handling the Minnesota Wild easily on Tuesday night. Here are the highlights from Leafs Twitter.

Morgan’s historic night! Morgan Rielly chased down Rick Vaive with his four-assist period, tying the most assists in a single frame in leafs history. I looked it up, he was four assists away from the most in NHL history (8) which was done four times, three of those by Wayne Gretzky.

Mike Babcock made a change to his lines midgame! Annnnnnd, it wasn’t moving Nylander to the third line center position! It’s a massive move because it shows an old dog can learn new tricks with Kasperi Kapanen returning (and exploding) to the right wing with Trevor Moore player LW beside Tavares and Marner. A stunning turn of events proved the fans were actually right. Congrats, us.

Auston Matthews was all around the net in the first period but had nothing to show for it. He eventually broke through when he, Marner, and Tavares all ended up on the ice for what I would like to call, “the Money Line”. A drop back pass – > a slap pass -> a tip – > a goal. This goal meant 5-on-5 scoring for Marner and another drop in the goal bucket for Matthews in a ridiculous October.

You just knew as soon as the pregame breakdown brought up Jerry Mayhew’s NHL debut something good was going to happen for the kid. Not only was he allowed to take the ceremonial first lap of his NHL career in the hockey Mecca of Toronto, Mayhew, of course, bagged his first NHL goal after Anderson kept the Wild off the scoresheet for the better part of two periods. Need to set a record, break a slump, or get your first goal/win/shutout? Come to Toronto! …I feel ya, Marlanderthews.

To close it out, Morgan Rielly took home the Raptors game ball for his four-assist performance on the night. He played really well in this game defensively and provided much more beyond his four helpers. He proved last season that he can be a top offensive defenseman in the league, tonight he showed he can also reign in the defensive side of his game which has been direly needed.

With much more going on, and a lot more crude commentary on the Leafs slapping the Wild, let this be a jumping-off point for anyone not heavily invested in Leafs Twitter. Sure, it’s usually a vile site but when the Leafs are winning no one’s upset!

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Adam Smith

Avid fan of The Toronto Maple Leafs, West Ham United, Minnesota Vikings, and Toronto Blue Jays. Involved in all things sports from playing (poorly) to tracking on twitter, my love for the teams I support tends to bleed into all aspects of my life!

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