John Tavares’ first yr in Toronto continues to impress.
The Maple Leafs ahead scored his 300th profession purpose in opposition to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night time.
No. 300 got here when Tavares gathered a rebound off a Jake Gardiner shot and backhanded the puck previous Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, giving the Maple Leafs a 2-Zero lead.
Tavares wasn’t executed for the night time, both. He netted a second purpose within the closing seconds of the primary interval.
Morgan Rielly fed Tavares, who was in the appropriate faceoff circle, and Tavares one-timed the puck previous Kinkaid to provide Toronto a 3-Zero lead going into the intermission.
After signing a seven-year, $77 million deal to affix Toronto this previous offseason, Tavares has a team-high 29 targets to go together with 49 factors in 43 video games within the 2018-19 season. He’ll be one among two Maple Leafs, together with Auston Matthews, to seem on this month’s NHL All-Star Sport.
Chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 1 total choose within the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tavares turns into the primary participant from his draft class to attain 300 profession targets. He additionally has the third-most targets since he entered the league, trailing solely Alex Ovechkin (418) and Steven Stamkos (348).
The Maple Leafs will head again house for 2 video games after Thursday. They will host the Boston Bruins on Saturday and the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.