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Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs’ 5-2 Win Over the Flyers

At least for one night, the limping Toronto Maple Leafs were dancing. Led by captain John Tavares, who put together the 11th hat trick of his career, the Maple Leafs finally put away a tired but determines Philadelphia Flyers team by a score of 5-2.

The game was interesting in that, for most of the game, the Maple Leafs had the play. However, until Tavares’ brilliant goal put his team up 4-2, the game never felt in the bag. The final score was 5-2 for the Blue and White.

With the win, the Maple Leafs halted a four-game losing.

In this edition of Maple Leafs’ Takeaways, I’ll look at the game and offer what I believe are the team’s key takeaways.

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Takeaway One: John Tavares Scores Hat Trick to Lead Team

John Tavares scored three goals and added an assist in last night’s win over the Flyers. Of those goals, one came on the power play. His assist also came on an Auston Matthews power-play score.

Interestingly, each of Tavares’ goals was crucial to the game. His first goal gave his team their first lead of the game. As noted above, his second goal put his team up by two goals and gave them some mental breathing space.

Tavares’ second goal was so highlight-reel spectacular that (and I never do this) I made my daughter (who was doing her homework) stop what she was doing to watch the replay. (She feigned caring.)

On that goal, Tavares was almost alone coming down the right-side boards. Using his deft stick-handling, he turned his defender inside out, cut in front of the goalie, and shot the puck off the goalie’s pad. When the short rebound came to him, he quickly shot it home.

John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs Upper Deck card
John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs Upper Deck card

On the season, Tavares now leads his team with seven goals and seven assists (for 14 points) in 11 games. Should he continue to score above a point-per-game pace, it would be the first time that’s happened for the Maple Leafs’ captain since 2018-19. That was his first season with the Maple Leafs, and he put together the best season of his career with 47 goals and 41 assists (for 88 points) in 82 games.

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Takeaway Two: Ilya Samsonov Back to Game-Winning Form

Although not as dramatic as Tavares’ escapades, Ilya Samsonov’s work in the net was solid. He made 23 saves. Because the Maple Leafs dominated most of the play during the game, Samsonov wasn’t as busy as his counterpart. However, he had to make a couple of great saves. He made them.

Samsonov stopped the shots he needed to and, by doing so, allowed his team to skate to a much-needed win. He was solid and delivered some confidence with the much-needed team win.

Takeaway Three: Last Season’s Auston Matthews Has Arrived

Auston Matthews looked like the Auston Matthews of old last night. Matthews registered two power-play points – a goal and an assist. He also was firing shots to the net with regularity, eight of them.

Matthews’ first goal was a bit different. Setting up in front of the goalie, Tavares sent him a great pass. Matthews’ first shot was stopped, but using his great hand-eye coordination, Matthews put in the second chance.

Although Matthews has put up three goals in the last four games, to my mind this is the first game he’s looked like the Matthews we knew from last season. Maple Leafs’ fans, including me, have to hope it lasts.

Auston Matthews wins Hart Trophy

Another thing I hope lasts is the fight that Matthews’ teammates showed on his behalf. When things got surly late in the game and Matthews was pushed around, his team (lots of them) jumped to the rescue. Chief among them were Mark Giordano and Michael Bunting. But they were not alone. Others joined the “fight.”

If you’re Matthews, you can’t NOT feel appreciated and valued by your teammates. It would have to be humbling, I imagine. It also was one of the few times the team has put it out there together for one of its own. I don’t mean to make too much of it, but I have to believe that bodes well for the future.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
    Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
    He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
    The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
    The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
    The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
    The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
    TONIGHT: SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
    The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!

  2. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
    Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
    He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
    The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
    The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
    The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
    The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
    TONIGHT: SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
    The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!

  3. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Even at 5-4-2 so far, the LEAFS have proven that they are SOFT!!
    The LEAFS should hire IGA SWIATEK and myself (A 45:53 10KM run at 244 pounds!!) to teach the LEAFS about MENTAL TOUGHNESS!!
    POLISH ATHLETES are TOUGH!!!
    BTW, my 45:53 10KM run was NOT good enough for a medal for males 200 pounds+.
    If there was a 220 pound+ category, I would have gotten 1st place!!
    240 pounds+??: I would be the ONLY ONE in the category!!!
    FYI, THE BIG MAN RUN in the UNITED STATES has categories of:
    190-210, 211- 225, 226-249, 250-299 and 300+!!

    • getrdone

      November 3, 2022 at 7:22 am

      This comment section is about hockey and the game last night, happy that you are so up about your run.

    • Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

      November 4, 2022 at 6:28 am

      I think that you have all heard that AVRIL LAVIGNE. She has come back with a new hit: I’M A MESS!!
      AVRIL has been around since at least the mid 1990s. She had a hit back then called COMPLICATED!
      I remember that I was working for METRO SALVAGE in MISSISSAUGA while I was living with my brother in OAKVILLE as a METAL.SORTER/ BALER/POWER SAW METAL CUTTER and WIRE STRIPPER (November, 1994-February, 1996).
      I was the LOWEST paid guy there since I could not drive a forklift but still manged to sock away over 5 grand into my RRSP!!
      AVRIL is from NAPANEE, ONTARIO.
      TODD COLLARD is from NAPANEE as well!
      I tied with TODD for 1st place I believe in the 2008 OKTOBERFEST RUN sponsored by THE WATERLOO RUNNING series at 23:42 for the 5KM run. We were both at 220 pounds+!!
      However, his 23:42 was a fraction of a second quicker so he got first place whereas I got 2nd.
      My PR is only 22:58 BUT I was at 226 pounds+!
      TODD ran a 5KM ln the low 20 minute range at 205 pounds!!
      I have heard of only a handful of Canadian runners in the 195 pound+ range to run a sub 20 minute 5KM run.
      TODD is also an EXCELLENT SOCCER player and is well known as an ALL ROUND ONTARIAN ATHLETE from NAPANEE!!

      • Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

        November 4, 2022 at 7:03 am

        Sorry folks!
        still MANAGED to sock…!!

  4. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Almost 100% of NHL hockey players are millionaires ( I think that EVANDER KANE with his gambling problem is an exception).
    I will be one in 2027 DESPITE:
    ONLY a $420,000 lifetime gross income for 40 years (1987-2027)!!
    Only about 60% of that is EARNED GROSS INCOME!!
    NO INHERITANCE or LOTTERY VICTORIES!!
    LESSON: Get an EXCELLENT financial planner EARLY!!!!
    It would be interesting to point out that my lifetime gross income is what is 60% of what an NHL hockey player would make for just ONE year at minimum wage!!

  5. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:00 am

    YES! HOLL has the distinction of scoring TWO goals in his first TWO games a s LEAF less than 24 hours apart and averaging a goal a game for the TWO games he played for that whole season (even BOBBY ORR could not do that) BUT he was SUPER LAZY on that first SHARK’S goal!!

  6. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:06 am

    NAZEM KADRI played for TORONTO and COLORADO but now plats for CALGARY.
    KADRI grew up in LONDON, ONTARIO.
    It is the same place where I earned my usless MLIS degree at UWO.
    My MAJOR problems with ADVANCED REFERENCE should have convinced me to quit the program altogether!!
    It was not a TOTAL LOSS:
    I did get a one year contract position at LEHMANN BOOKBINDING in KITCHENER, ONTARIO as a BOOK-COVER PROOF-READER EMBOSSER form OCTOBER, 1991- NOVEMBER 1992.
    I remember that the LATE BILL LEHMANN was a hockey fan and was upset that his CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS were swept by PITTSBURGH in the STANLEY CUP FINALS!
    He was much happier that the BLUE JAYS won the WORLD SERIES in OCTOBER!!

    • Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

      November 3, 2022 at 6:08 am

      Sorry folks.
      PLAYS for CALGARY…

  7. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:10 am

    f any LEAF fans from NOVEMBER, 2000 until now watched the first game of the WORLD SERIES last night, they should be reminded about the 6-5 loss against ST. LOUIS in the month of that year!!
    YEP!! The same situation: The PHILLIES were down 5-0 and came back to win 6-5 just like the BLUES did against TORONTO in NOVEMBER of 2000!
    TIE DOMI’S HAT TRICK was obviously NOT celebrated!!

    • Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

      November 3, 2022 at 6:11 am

      Sorry folks.
      IF any LEAF…!!

  8. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:13 am

    ” Reports of John Tavares’s regression are greatly exaggerated ”

    Lol, the season has just begun. He just finished having the entire summer off, relaxing at the Maple lodge in Muskoka.
    For hockey fans who like JAZZ:
    The BEST JAZZ BALLAD ever written!!:
    AUTUMN IN MUSKOKA: FROM THE CHRIS NOWAK PROJECT VOL.1

  9. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:14 am

    FOR HOCKEY FANS WHO LIKE JAZZ and EXERCISE: ENDORPHIA:

  10. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:16 am

    I think that most people should know that DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON is a BIG fan of the MAPLE LEAFS!!
    His favourite saying: LETS GO LEAFS!!
    He is probably the only MAPLE LEAF fan that is richer than MATTHEWS, MARNER and TAVARES COMBINED!!
    He is also an EXCELLENT COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER!!
    I saw him sing with KELLY CLARKSON on TV!
    It is too bad about KELLY!
    She was SUPER HOT when she was thin but with all that extra weight now: NOT ANYMORE!!

  11. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Many people think that all Maple Leaf hockey players are nothing but CLOWNS!!
    I AGREE!
    They all have the same talent for ice hockey as JOHN WAYNE GACY did!!
    I think that it should be noted that ARIZONA is 10-0-2 against the LEAFS since 2002!!
    This is perfectly understandable considering that the COYOTES have been a SUPER POWERHOUSE in the NHL for the last 20 years!!

  12. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:23 am

    I don’t understand why everybody thinks that MATTHEWS, MARNER and TAVARES are OVERPAID!!!
    PATRICK MAHOMES would LAUGH at their salaries!!
    LIONEL MESSI would REALLY LAUGH at their salaries!!
    The LEAFS should in the future retire number 88 NOT because of WILLIAM NYLANDER but because of the GREATEST LEAF EVER: ERIC LINDROS!
    Did you hear that ERIC moved to RUSSIA and renamed himself ERIC LINDROV!!
    BTW, everybody says MARNER disappears in the playoffs and yet:
    HE SCORED THE GREATEST PENALTY SHOT GOAL IN NHL HISTORY AGAINST THE BRUINS IN THE 2019 PLAYOFFS!!
    RASMUS SANDIN was JUST BRUTAL on the KING’S 4th GOAL!!
    Despite this:
    SUNDIN was GREAT!! SANDIN MIGHT be GREAT!! SYNDIN, SAINDIN, SONDIN, SENDIN and SINDIN will be GREAT later on!!

  13. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    November 3, 2022 at 6:39 am

    It was nice seeing JOHN TAVARES getting a HAT TRICK against the FLYERS BUT he would not have accomplished that if the flyer goaltender did NOT have a SKATE MALFUNCTION!!

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