EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Auston Matthews had two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their second straight game, beating the struggling Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Wayne Simmonds, TJ Brodie and Morgan Rielly also scored for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 8-4-1 on the road. Jack Campbell stopped 35 shots.
Colton Sceviour scored for the Oilers, losers of six straight games, including all five games on their current homestand. Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves.
Edmonton once again allowed the game’s first goal.
John Tavares fished the puck out of a scramble in front of the net and got it across to Matthews, who sent a shot past Oilers goalie Koskinen with 35 seconds to go in the opening frame. The power-play goal extended Matthews’ point streak to 10 games.
The Oilers have allowed the first goal of the game in 15 of their last 20 contests, winning all five of the games in which they scored first.
Toronto added to its lead nine minutes into the second period as Simmonds battled hard in front to sweep home a rebound.
Brodie made it 3-0 with five minutes left in the middle frame when his shot deflected off a defender into the net for his first goal of the season.
Edmonton got on the board on its 32nd shot five-and-a-half minutes into the third when a bad bounce ended up on Sceviour’s stick and behind Campbell for his first of the year.
Just over a minute later, the Maple Leafs responded as Rielly beat Koskinen high to the blocker side.
Toronto padded its lead with three minutes left as Matthews scored on a shot from the slot for his 20th of the season.
TIPPETT INTO PROTOCOL
Oilers head coach Dave Tippett was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol after the game.
Tippett didn’t coach the game after being held out for precautionary reasons. He was officially put into the protocol after the game.
Oilers forward Ryan McLeod was placed in the protocol before the game.
NOTES: The Oilers got veteran defenseman Duncan Keith back after missing the last eight games, but lost the services of former Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman to an undisclosed injury. Also missing from the Oilers lineup were Mike Smith (lower body), Slater Koekkoek (lower body), Kris Russell (upper body). … Out with injuries for Toronto were Mitchell Marner (shoulder) and Rasmus Sandin (knee). Forward Ilya Mikheyev returned to Toronto’s lineup, playing his first game of the season following a broken thumb, and defenseman Travis Dermott, after missing four games with a shoulder injury.
Toronto: At Calgary Flames on Thursday in the second game of a four-game trip.
Edmonton: Host Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in the finale of a six-game homestand.
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