Jets open with a mul­li­gan

Leafs take buzz out of Win­nipeg with pre­cise at­tack

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Vet­eran Pa­trick Mar­leau scored twice in his Maple Leafs de­but as Toronto cruised to a 7-2 rout of the Win­nipeg Jets on Wed­nes­day in the sea­son opener.

Nazem Kadri, James van Riems­dyk and Wil­liam Ny­lan­der scored in a three-minute span in the first pe­riod for the Leafs. Mitch Marner and Aus­ton Matthews each added their first goals of the sea­son.

Tyler Bozak, Matthews and van Riems­dyk each had a pair of as­sists, and Mar­leau, Marner and Kadri all con­trib­uted one.

Fred­erik An­der­sen made 35 saves in net for Toronto.

The seven goals tied Toronto’s high­est out­put from last sea­son, a 7-1 home win against the New York Is­landers on Feb. 14.

Mark Scheifele nixed the Leafs’ shutout bid at 11:31 of the third pe­riod to make it 6-1. Mathieu Per­reault also scored for Win­nipeg.

John Woods/The Cana­dian Press

Wil­liam Ny­lan­der and Zach Hy­man cel­e­brate Ny­lan­der’s first­pe­riod goal on Wed­nes­day night.

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