The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Zach Aston-Reese scored two goals. Although he was hoping for third, he is happy because of his performance and the help of his teammates. "It definitely felt good," Aston-Reese said, as quoted by nhl.com "It's always easy to play the rest of the game when you score on your first shift.
They were pretty easy goals for me to put in. [Erik] Gustafsson with a great shot [to deflect], a great move by him too with that little shimmy at the top to get free, and then [Sam] Lafferty with a great sauce pass. I was hoping for the third but I'm happy with the night."
Sheldon Keefe on his team
Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe talked about the main problem of his team.
In last night's match, they showed that they can correct a mistake and show real character. "For the most part, I thought we did a really good job defensively and I thought we moved the puck really well coming out of our end tonight, which has been an issue for us in recent games.
And tonight we are playing against a team that's maybe the hardest in the League to come out of your zone against." Carolina forward Jordan Martinook thinks his team wasn't good enough. They knew how dangerous an opponent they had in front of them, and they did not apply what was needed.
"A team with that skill level, you just can't be giving them chances, and we gave them, I feel like every chance we gave them, it was a Grade A chance that ended up in the back of our net," Carolina forward Jordan Martinook said.
"You've got to be able to stick with your game plan and just stay tight, stay above people, don't let their skilled guys get behind you, and we let that happen too many times tonight."
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