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TORONTO – Sheldon Keefe’s first training camp as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs lasted only 10 days and included exactly zero exhibition games

When asked to explain by far the best track his team had in the shortened 2020-21 season, the answer was simple

“More time together, more games, more meetings, more discussions,” said Keefe. “We have definitely seen progress in many areas”

John Tavares and Mitch Marner scored a goal in a dominant second period in which Toronto beat Winnipeg 22-5 as the Maple Leafs beat the Jets 3-1

Frederik Andersen scored 27 saves for Toronto (3-1: 0) in the first of ten encounters between the rivals of the North Division before Marner put his second goal of the night into an empty net at 22.6 seconds still

“We were good at keeping them out,” Andersen said. “Then when they flip the puck or after a shot I thought we might well break out and push it down to the end and defend them and make you a little tired “

Kyle Connor responded for Winnipeg (1-1-0) who received 35 stops from Connor Hellebuyck – the only reason the game was close – in an empty Scotiabank arena due to COVID-19 protocols

The Jets were minus sniper Patrik Laine, who sidelined with an upper body injury and is listed as commonplace

“You are slowly going to play against anyone in this league, you are going to have a problem,” said Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice. “Slowly leading to bigger loopholes that they have certainly taken advantage of”

After an evenly balanced first goal, in which both teams forced good saves from Hellebuyck and Andersen, the ice tipped strongly in the second

The Leafs scored the first goal of the game at 5:28 a.m. at the end of a power game when Hellebuyck shot Jake Muzzin’s point at William Nylander, who quickly fed Tavares into the slot to bury his third goal and sixth point Season

Toronto, which sported eleven strikers and seven defenders, led 13-0 on the shot clock after that goal and 19-1 in the middle of the period with the Jets appearing to sleep at the counter Winnipeg attempted later in the period, to get a man’s advantage going, but Hellebuyck was forced to stop two chances from Ilya Mikheyev

The Leafs were eventually rewarded a second time 1:21 when Auston Matthews carried the puck into the offensive area before finding Justin Holl.His one-timer hit the post behind Hellebucyk, and Marner was there to make his second des Year to bring home

Toronto seemed poised to take a 2-0 lead at half-time but ran around the defensive zone with Connor breathing life into Winnipeg by passing Andersen less than a minute from time

The Leafs ended the period with a staggering 36:11 lead in attempted firing, but only the narrowest edges of the scoreboard led it

“They don’t like it when it happens,” said Keefe. “Now you’re through the game and you get the win, you look back We’re trying to get better here as a team It’s moments like these that make it possible for us to think about it and talk about it as a team and see where we can get better

Winnipeg got an early power play in the third period, but Andersen was there every step of the way – including a great stop at Mark Scheifele’s where fans said “Freddie! Freddie!” in a normal season

Andersen didn’t get dressed for Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Senators in Ottawa, but instead put in a working day, followed by a night of rest after two shaky starts to open up the schedule

“Freddie is one of the best in the league,” said Tavares. “We have so much faith in him. We’ve been a much more connected and solid team for the last couple of games

“We have a lot of areas to clean up, but we know the big savings he’s going to make. We just want to make it easier and better for him”

The Jets pushed on, scoring a power play at 5:15 in regular time when Toronto defender Morgan Rielly cleared the puck over the glass for a delayed game violation, but Andersen and the penalties did the job previously Marner packed the empty netter

“We have to be ready to play close-knit games,” said Marner. “We have to make sure that we keep doing the right things and playing right”

The Leafs bounced back from a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Friday with that triumph on Saturday, while Winnipeg opened their season with a 4-3 home win against the Calgary Flames on Thursday

Next up for the Jets are three straight games against Ottawa – Tuesday and Thursday in the country’s capital before the teams travel to Winnipeg on Saturday – as part of a grueling stretch of six competitions over nine nights that Monday began

The Leafs will host the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday and Friday before embarking on a four-game road trip through Alberta on Sunday

“We’re leaving the (Monday night) feeling fine with the exertion,” said Keefe. “At the same time, I’m pretty confident that we need to discuss a number of things where we can continue to get better

Notes: Toronto announced that rookie winger Nick Robertson will be out with a knee injury for at least four weeks prior to the game, forcing the team to drop both third goalkeeper Aaron Dell and veteran striker Jason Spezza on the sake of Dismissing salary cap Dell was claimed by the New Jersey Devils while Spezza made it and dressed against Winnipeg Mikko Lehtonen, who topped all KHL defenders in the standings last season, made his NHL debut for Toronto The Winnipeg Blue Liner Logan Stanley made his NHL debut with Dylan DeMelo (in person) and Tucker Poolman (COVID-19 list)

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