Published: Tue, February 11, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

'Cliff' lands with Leafs following trade with Los Angeles Kings

'Cliff' lands with Leafs following trade with Los Angeles Kings

Despite the crushing setback against Florida in a game the home side dominated for two periods, Toronto has responded well from a 1-3-2 stretch before the bye week and all-star break with six out of a possible eight points.

"We just had to stay with it", Tavares said.

Only one of the goals could be firmly pinned on Hutchinson, who experienced a rough opening to the season under former head coach Mike Babcock, but has four victories and a.948 save percentage in his last four starts. The 28-year-old had a career year in 2018-19, boasting a.928 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average in 31 games, but has seen some regression this season.

Just hours after suffering a 5-3 loss to the rebuilding New York Rangers, the trade was finalized.

Hutchinson's struggles as the main understudy to Toronto starter Frederik Andersen appear to have prompted the late-night trade, with the Leafs seemingly eager to have Campbell start Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Brian Glennie, a hard-hitting defenseman who spent most of his 10-year National Hockey League career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died.

If things start to go sideways and Andersen isn't back, Dubas might have to look at goalie options via trade. Hutchinson gave up two goals in six seconds in the middle period and five overall.

"That little boy inside of him is probably quite thrilled, saying wow, I am going to be playing for the Toronto Maple Leaf, but he was a true King as well, so I'm sure his emotions are little mixed right now, but when he steps on the ice, he's going to be a Maple Leaf".

The Panthers were without Aleksander Barkov, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury.

Toronto has faced myriad injuries with John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Jake Muzzin, Morgan Rielly, Andreas Johnsson and Ilya Mikheyev all missing significant time with various ailments throughout the season. Matthews now sits tied with Washington's Alex Ovechkin (37) for second in the overall goal race, and is one back of Boston's David Pastrnak (38).

But Pysyk got the visitors back within one at 2:20, burying his sixth on a rebound after Hutchinson whiffed on an attempted clearance.

Trailing 3-1 after the first, the Maple Leafs scored late in the second period. They are 13th in power play (19.9%) and 21st in penalty kill (79.2%).

The Rangers regained their lead with two goals just 34 seconds later.

Toronto had a number of opportunities to jump in front early - the Leafs led 10-0 on the shot clock more than halfway through first - but Bobrovsky was there every time before Pysyk put Florida in front.

Matheson moved down from his point position below the goal line and fed Pysyk, who found a soft spot between two defenders, to fire his fifth upstairs on Andersen.

"We played a really good game", Keefe said. But since joining the Kings in 2010-11, only Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and Dustin Brown have played more games for the team than Clifford's 660.

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