Two winning streaks on the line in Kings-Maple Leafs

Two winning streaks on the line in Kings-Maple Leafs

One streak will come to an end Monday night when the Los Angeles Kings, winners of four in a row, visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have five straight victories.Los Angeles will be opening a four-game road trip after completing a 4-1 homestand Friday night with a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils.Toronto will be completing a five-game homestand Monday that includes a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.The Kings’ surge follows a stretch of six losses in a row.”It’s huge for our confidence,” said goaltender Cal Petersen, who made 21 saves on Friday. “It was hard, the way that we started, to remember what it takes to win, and the feeling of winning.”Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev scored in regulation for the Kings and Alex Iafallo extended his point streak to five games with the overtime goal.”Not a Picasso, but it’s points,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I think we’d all prefer the simpler win, where it’s not in overtime or anything like that, but we don’t always get what we want.”The Kings needed a shootout to defeat the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.”To deal with adversity has been a good thing for our team during the streak, finding ways to win,” McLellan said. “It would be easy to get down. We find ways to stick with it, so there’s a lot of good things that are evolving. It’s just a matter of sustaining them now.””We’ve put ourselves in some hairy situations, but we’ve come out of it and got a win,” Petersen said. “I think that’s huge, learning from these situations.”In their victory over the Bruins, the Maple Leafs had production from their top players. John Tavares had two goals and an assist, Auston Matthews had two power-play goals, Mitchell Marner had an empty-net goal and three assists and Morgan Rielly had two assists.


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