Maple Leafs torch Carolina

21 December 2017 05:49:58 GMTPlus11

The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped their three-game skid in impressive style on Tuesday with an 8-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes at the Air Canada Centre.

Eight different Maple Leafs lit the lamp for the hosts in the one-sided affair as Toronto looked to get over successive defeats to the Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and the Detroit Red Wings in what was a disappointing road swing.

Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each registered a goal and three assists for the hosts who are straight back out on the road on Wednesday to take on the Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

It's the first contest of a five-game trip through the end of the month that continues on to play the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Maple Leafs trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by seven points in the Atlantic Division, but it was the Golden Knights who helped Toronto shrink the gap from nine on Tuesday.

Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov gave the visitors a first period lead, but Vegas stormed back to eventually triumph 4-3.

Overall it was just a hiccup for the Lightning who have the best record in the NHL, but the victory was something of a milestone for the Golden Knights as the expansion franchise now have the best record in the Western Conference.

Winners of seven in a row before losing in Las Vegas, Tampa Bay heads home to the Amalie Arena to open a four-game home stand on Thursday. The Ottawa Senators are first up for the Lightning with the Minnesota Wild arriving over the weekend.

The Maple Leafs are 8.50 to win the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay 4.00 and the Blue Jackets priced at 10.50.

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