Ramblings: Campbell’s Leafs Debut, Another Elvis Shutout, Radulov Injured (Feb 8)

Ian Gooding


Jack Campbell’s debut in a Toronto uniform might not have been sparkling numbers-wise, but it got the Leafs a much-needed W. Campbell made 26 saves to backstop the Leafs to a 5-4 overtime win over Anaheim, allowing the Leafs to move ahead of Florida for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division (although the Panthers have two games in hand). Since Frederik Andersen won’t be ready to return on Saturday, Campbell could very well be back between the pipes today (Saturday) in Montreal.

Also in his Leafs debut, Kyle Clifford was held without a point but took two minor penalties with two shots and three hits. Clifford played 12:03 while on a line with Kasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza.

Toronto’s collection of $10 million-plus-per-season forwards provided return on investment on Friday. Auston Matthews led the way with a goal and three assists, John Tavares scored two goals with an assist, while Mitch Marner chipped in with three assists.

Matthews’ goal was his 40th of the season, which pulls him into a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. With David Pastrnak hot on their heels with 38 goals, it’s quite possible that we’ll see three 50-goal scorers this season. You’d have to go all the way back to 2009-10 for the last time that many players reached the 50-goal mark, when Sidney Crosb