(Toronto) Auston Matthews scored his 36 th goal of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.
The 23-year-old maverick hit the 60-point plateau for a fifth straight season, since he was selected first in the 2016 draft.
Mitch Marner, who added an assist, William Nylander and Pierre Engvall also sparked the red light for the Toronto team, which sits at the front row of the North section.
David Rittich made 15 saves for his first Maple Leafs uniform victory. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames on the trade deadline.
Jason Spezza got an assist to forestall Maurice Richard to 99 th rank in NHL history in points (967).
JT Miller provided the timid response for the Canucks, who have suffered a fourth loss in their last five outings. Braden Holtby blocked 20 pucks.
The Vancouver troop remained 10 points behind the Montreal Canadiens and last row giving access to the playoffs in the North section.