Auston Matthews let out a sigh and burglarized a smile.
Matthews, Hyman propel Leafs past Blues:
Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman each taped a set of goals to propel the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. 1:43
Jason Spezza topped the Leafs' four-goal very first period outburst with his 19th of the season.
Matthews had gone a season-high 5 video games without a goal. He broke a 1-1 tie with a wrist shot from the left wing 6:51 into the opening period.
The No. 1 overall option in the 2016 NHL draft, Matthews had actually scored simply once in seven profession video games versus the Blues. He pushed the lead to 5-1 with a power-play objective midway through the second duration, his 18th goal of the season.
Matthews had revealed annoyance with his team's effort in a 6-1 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
"We just type of folded, type of just quit."
Not on this night. The Leafs brought out strength from the opening faceoff against the protecting Stanley Cup champions. They scored 4 times in the first period, including a three-goal salvo in 6:06.
"We got off to a great start, [Andersen] made some huge saves and we got to roll all 4 lines during the game," Matthews said.