The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Nazem Kadri and the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 5-3 on Saturday night. Eleven different Leafs’ players picked up at least a point in this game. This was the first time the Leafs have won two consecutive games in regulation since October 15th. The Leafs scored five goals for the first time since October 12th against the Detroit Red Wings. Sheldon Keefe remains undefeated as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Barrie Burns Old Friends

Through the first quarter of the season, Tyson Barrie’s numbers were downright pitiful. He managed to pick up a measly five points in his first 21 games as a member of the Maple Leafs. Ever since the quarter season mark, Barrie has rode a four-game point streak as he has picked up five points during that span.

Under new coach Sheldon Keefe, Barrie has really found his scoring touch. He scored his first goal of the season against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night and then followed up that performance with a goal and an assist against his former team the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. This is Barrie’s first two-game goal streak of the season and the first time Barrie has registered three points in a two-game span this season. It was also Barrie’s first multi-point game since October 5th against the Montreal Canadiens.

Engvall Making A Good First Impression

23-year-old Pierre Engvall made his NHL debut on Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. The very next day, Mike Babcock was fired.

Lucky for Engvall, Babcock’s replacement would be Sheldon Keefe. Keefe coached Engvall on the Marlies for the past couple of seasons. The coaching change seemed to work for Engvall as he scored his first NHL goal short-handed against the Coyotes on Thursday night and then picked up his first NHL assist on a nifty pass to Nick Shore on Saturday night. Engvall is riding a two-game point streak under his old AHL coach and new NHL coach Sheldon Keefe.

Spezza Turning Back The Clock

It was rumoured at the beginning of the season that the 2001 2nd overall pick Jason Spezza was not happy with his lack of playing time after being scratched from the lineup on numerous occasions. Ever since the injuries to Marner and Moore, Spezza has really capitalized on his opportunity to show why he should be an everyday player in the lineup. Spezza connected on a breakout pass to Kasperi Kapanen sending him on a breakaway. Kapanen scored on the breakaway which would prove to be the game-winning goal. With that assist, Spezza now has four points in his last four games and eight points in fifteen games this season. Spezza now has more points than Timashov, Shore, Moore and Gauthier despite playing in less games than all of these players this season. He also surprisingly has more points per game than Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen this season. It would be shocking to witness Leafs’ management scratch Jason Spezza from the lineup when Mitch Marner and Trevor Moore return from injury.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their 5th consecutive road game on Wednesday night as they take on the Detroit Red Wings at 7 pm. Let’s see if the Leafs can keep their perfect record intact under new head coach Sheldon Keefe.