Matthews, Toews, Bishop named NHL's 3 stars of opening week

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

Marner scored unassisted at 9:40 of the first period, putting the Stars behind for the first time this season. Harry Cameron had 14 points (eight goals, six assists) for the Toronto Arenas in 1917-18. And maybe he will, by the end of the campaign.

In three games over which the Blackhawks went 2-0-1, Toews scored five goals and added an assist. He scored his sixth and seventh of the season against Dallas, marking his fourth straight game with a goal and his fourth straight multi-point game.

That might not happen in their next game though as Toronto continues its road trip against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Radulov scored for the third straight game, and Jamie Benn scored his third power-play goal. The 21-year-old didn't stop there.

Matthews also is the third Maple Leafs player to earn multiple points in each of the first four games to start a season.

"When it's always going in, it's always a really good feeling", Matthews said. But with his skating also further improved from last season he moves around the ice with such ease and determination that he's hard to stop. The only question for Toronto is whether or not they can slow down their opponents. Toronto C Frederik Gauthier played in his first game this season.

Bishop has been a brick wall for the Stars early on, stopping 62 of 63 shots in his first two starts of the season. Bishop ended up ceding two goals to the Leafs before the first period was over, thanks to strong play by the Leafs offence and special teams. He was playing for the Stars for the first time since 2015-16 after playing the last two years in Russian Federation. As the game wore on, the Leafs got key contributions from Kapanen and Zach Hyman winning races to the puck to negate icings, both of which resulted in goals (for Ron Hainsey and Tavares respectively). He's worked hard on his skating and all parts of his game. "Myself, Esa (Lindell), we were on the ice for too many goals and obviously forwards coming back as well".

Toronto has a day off Monday and despite his team getting with the full two points Sunday evening for their first road win, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock still sees plenty to clean up.

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It wasn't until the Leafs committed a bad line change and confusion ensued at Toronto's blueline that Dallas solved Andersen, courtesy of an Alex Radulov wrister.

The Leafs grabbed control by scoring three times in the last 8:01 of the second period for a 5-2 lead.

Matthews is the third player in franchise history to score in the first five games of a season.

Maple Leafs players will participate in the second-annual Leafs vs Leafs Face Off 2.0 tournament, with the victor facing a fan in the "final show match".

One interesting storyline for this game for Dallas is that it will mark defenseman Connor Carrick's first game against Toronto, who he played 130 of his 169 career National Hockey League games for, before being traded to the Stars last week. The Leafs finished 2-for-3 with the man advantage. The Maple Leafs would like these guys to lead but they need more help from the supporting cast.

Detroit pulled within a goal again when a review determined Dylan Larkin scored with 6:04 left in the game. Goaltender Frederik Andersen is known around the National Hockey League as a slow starter. They were flying, we were standing there watching them at the start.

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