The Maple Leafs continued their winning ways in Dallas with a 5-3 win. Andersen earned his league leading 24th win of the season. The Maple Leafs also made history, as this was the 8th straight road game scoring four of more goals.

The Dynamic Duo Strikes Again

Marner and Matthews finished as the games’ first and second star. Marner finished the game with two assist to bring his point streak to three games. Matthews’ also had a two point night as he tallied his 36th goal of the season, sitting only one behind Pastrnak.

Against the Stars, Marner and Matthews put on a show. Marner made a fantastic play in the first period to set-up Matthews for the opening goal. It was a great heads up play to hold the puck just long enough to find Matthews all alone in front of the net.  Matthews also showcased his great passing ability in the second, doing a spin move to send the puck to Marner, which would lead the Hyman’s goal.

The most impactful change Keefe has made in his tenure as coach, was to pair Marner with Matthews.

Defense Finding Their Groove

For the second straight game the defense had a great outing. The Stars are among the highest scoring teams and to hold them to only three goals is impressive. Muzzin once again lead the team in ice time logging 22:18 while also adding an assist. Barrie finished the game with two points, scoring his fifth of the season. He and Dermott both had great nights on the defensive side finishing with a plus minus of +3.

Andersen did however have his work cut out for him. Stopping 31 of the 34 shots from the Stars. Andersen earned his 24th win of the season tying him for first in the league.

Hidden Gem: Zach Hyman

When you are paired on a line with Matthews and Marner, there’s a good chance you’re going to fly under the radar. Since starting the year off with an injury, Hyman has been an important piece to the Leafs’ success. 24 points in 31 games, Hyman has been grinding out great performances night in and night out.

After a horrible game against Chicago, Hyman has impressed since returning from the All-Star break. Scoring in two straight, he has found his offence but it’s his play on the penalty kill that is impressive. Hyman’s work ethic is second to none on the team. The Stars were 0 for 3 on the power play tonight.

The Maple Leafs will return to action on Saturday night as they host the Ottawa Senators.