Willie O'Ree broke the league's colour barrier in 1958, and there have actually been a great deal of firsts given that then. Rob Pizzo strolls you through 9 trendsetters for Black History Month. 1:52

Toronto restored its two-goal lead at 8:44 when Spezza got a slick dish pass off the rush from Nic Petan, who made his 2020-21 launching, and fired upstairs on Demko for his first two-goal video game considering that Jan. 16, 2018, with Dallas.

Playing their league-leading 14th game to open the season, the Canucks could not stay up to date with the well-rested Leafs and went down 5-2 with 2:04 left in the second when Nylander discovered Tavares on Demko's doorstep for the Toronto captain's fifth.

Jason Spezza taped the 8th hat technique of his profession-- and initially in nearly 5 years-- as the Toronto Maple Leafs took apart the Vancouver Canucks 7-3 on Thursday night.

Auston Matthews, with 2, Mitch Marner, with a goal and a pair of helps, and John Tavares offered the remainder of the offense for Toronto (8-2-1), which got 16 saves from Frederik Andersen.

William Nylander included 3 helps, while Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Travis Boyd chipped in with 2 each for the Leafs in the opener of a three-game set in between the North Division rivals.

CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo highlights NHL's Black trailblazers: