Jets open with a mulligan
Leafs take buzz out of Winnipeg with precise attack
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.
William Nylander and Zach Hyman celebrate Nylander’s firstperiod goal on Wednesday night.