Auston Matthews hat trick powers Maple Leafs to earn more than Kraken

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Auston Matthews had his 3rd hat trick of the year to increase his NHL-leading purpose total to 43 as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to beat the Seattle Kraken 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Mitch Marner scored the tiebreaking target halfway via the 3rd period of time, and William Nylander and John Tavares each individual included a purpose and an guide for Toronto, which received 26 saves from Jack Campbell.

T.J. Brodie and Michael Bunting experienced two helps apiece and Marner, who also had an help, extended his position streak to eight video games.

“We’re in no way down and out,” Marner mentioned. “That is the perception in our crew, perception in our locker room and on the bench.

“We just get around it and make certain we’re ready for the next shift or following chance.”

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his hat trick with teammate Morgan Rielly (44) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his hat trick with teammate Morgan Rielly (44) for the duration of the third period of time of an NHL hockey activity towards the Seattle Kraken, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Toronto.
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Toronto, which surrendered a 3-1 guide to Seattle, was up 3- following the very first time period of Monday’s 5-4 road victory about Columbus prior to the Blue Jackets tied items up. That arrived on the heels of Saturday’s 6-4 dwelling decline to the Vancouver Canucks in which the Leafs held a 4-3 edge by way of 40 minutes.

“We’d seriously just like to be extra reliable,” Matthews reported. “Surely some matters for us to clean up.”

Colin Blackwell experienced a purpose and an support and Carson Soucy, Alex Wennberg and Jaden Schwartz also scored for Seattle. Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 photographs for the growth Kraken, who fell to 1-9-1 in their final 11 online games.

“We have to be actual truthful without the need of ourselves,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol reported. “This team can power you into some challenging predicaments, but we weren’t difficult sufficient to perform against in a great deal of locations.”

Seattle scored 2 times in the second period to tie the recreation 3-all prior to Schwartz tipped his seventh of the period previous Campbell at 5:57 of the third. Toronto has authorized four objectives or extra for the eighth time in 10 game titles.

The Leafs responded at 9:03, when Matthews took a go from Bunting, who was robbed by Grubauer times previously, and scored his second of the recreation.

Toronto went on the electrical power engage in and Marner delayed at the major of the slot right after the ensuing Tavares faceoff win and scored his 22nd objective involving Grubauer’s pads just 40 seconds afterwards.

Matthews completed points off with the sixth hat trick of his occupation with 41.8 seconds left in regulation, with Grubauer on the bench for an additional attacker.

Coming off Monday’s 5-4 highway victory in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and playing their 3rd of 4 online games in six evenings, the Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 3:18 of the first when Matthews fired his 41st previous Grubauer as Toronto’s top rated-ranked energy enjoy connected for just the next time in 10 game titles.

The Kraken tied it at 5:21 when Soucy fired his seventh in excess of Campbell off a damaged enjoy in front.

But the Maple Leafs responded at 9:55, when Tavares scored his 19th off a pass from Brodie and a rapid feed from Pierre Engvall.

Toronto created it 3-1 on a different man gain at 5:14 of the second when Nylander fired his 22nd as a result of Grubauer’s pads towards Seattle’s 28th-rated penalty destroy.

The Kraken got back again to in just one particular at 9:20 when Wennberg completed a awesome give-and-go on a 2-on-1 rush with Marcus Johansson for his seventh of the period.

Seattle tied it just 2:29 later when Nylander turned the puck around at the offensive blue line on a Toronto electrical power play. Seattle raced the other way on a 3-on-1, with Blackwell ending off a Yanni Gourde go for his eighth.

Notes: Toronto winger Wayne Simmonds was honored ahead of puck drop for taking part in in the 1,000th common-season recreation of his occupation Saturday. … Leafs winger Ondrej Kase (upper-entire body harm) returned to the lineup soon after lacking four straight contests. … McCann signed a five-calendar year, $25 million agreement extension Tuesday. … Seattle head mentor Dave Hakstol was a Toronto assistant in the two 2019-20 and 2020-21.

UP Upcoming

Seattle: At Ottawa Senators on Thursday in the fourth video game of a 5-activity excursion.

Toronto: Host Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

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