John Tavares’ three point night lead the way to a 4-1  win for the Maple Leafs.  The win ended a 10-game losing streak in Vancouver.

Vezina For Freddie?

Fredrick Andersen had himself a night in Vancouver, stopping 38 shots to earn the first star of the game. Against Vancouver, Andersen has a career best GAA of 1.55, which is his lowest average against any team.

The Canucks are a very young and upcoming team that want to prove their worth.  The Canucks are among the top ten in scoring in the league and they proved it last night with the offence they were able to generate. Andersen however was locked in, making some amazing saves. Especially in the third. The Leafs defense looked a bit tired, but Andersen stood tall to secure the win. Andersen is now tied for first in wins and has been a key figure in the success of the Leafs. He could very well be a front runner for the Vezina.

 

Tavares Leading The Way

Tavares had a real captains performance last night. Scoring twice and recording an assist as he looks to be getting back into his grove. In the nine games under Keefe, Tavares has been able to find his offense, producing seven goals and three assists.

Whats more impressive about his recent run  is he hasn’t been playing with Marner very much. Under Keefe, Tavares has been in many different pairings. Last night was a prime example of this as Keefe switched up the lines, resulting in Tavares linking up with Matthews on the opening goal.

Buying Into Keefe’s Strategy 

Against the Canucks, the Leafs were able to control the pace of the game very well. Toronto’s possession of the puck was a key factor in the win. Despite Vancouver taking more shots, the Leafs looked more dominate.

In just nine games, Keefe has been able to turn the season around with a record of 6-3. What’s more impressive is seven of those nine games have been on the road. Keefe’s ability to switch up the lines during the game has been a huge benefit. This strategy has been able to keep opposing teams on their toes unlike Babcock’s Leafs’.

The Leafs will continue their road trip on Thursday night in Calgary. However last night’s game probably felt like a home game as this is what was heard in Rogers Arena.