The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues by a final score of 5-2 on Saturday night. Matthews had his 4th multi-goal game of the season and Marner had his 4th multi-assist game of the season. Hyman had his first multi-goal game since March 4th and is riding a two-game goal streak. Andersen has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five games.

Confidence Booster

After scoring just three goals in regulation over their past three games, the Leafs exploded for five goals against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The Leafs managed to score four goals on eleven shots against 26-year-old Blues’ goaltender Jordan Binnington, who came into this game with an impressive 13-5-4 record and a sparkling .925 save percentage. This was the first game this season where Binnington was pulled. To put four pucks past Stanley Cup champion Jordan Binnington in under 13 minutes has to build major confidence in this struggling Leafs team. 

Matthews On A New Level

Despite the Leafs’ disappointing start to the season, 22-year-old American-born superstar Auston Matthews has reached a new level in terms of offensive talent. Matthews picked up two goals on Saturday night giving him 18 goals in 31 games this season. He is on pace to score a career-high 48 goals this season. Matthews has a legitimate shot at becoming the Maple Leafs’ first 50-goal scorer since Dave Andreychuk in the 1993-1994 season. 

Spezza Redeems Himself

Jason Spezza and Morgan Rielly had brutal miscommunication in the 3rd period against the Avalanche on Wednesday night, which cost the Leafs the game. The very next game, Spezza scored on a blast from the blue line which put the Leafs up 4-1 and chased Blues’ goaltender Jordan Binnington from the game. The 36-year-old center now has eight points in his last nine games. Spezza, who has scored 26 and 27 points respectively in his last two seasons, is on pace for 43 points this season despite already missing 11 games.

The Leafs may have defeated the Stanley Cup Champions on Saturday night, but the schedule won’t get much easier next week. The Leafs will go on their western Canadian road trip and take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames on Thursday night and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.