Earlier this week, in fact.
Matthews now sits tied with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for second in the overall goal race, and is one back of Boston's David Pastrnak. He is an imperative component to the team keeping their playoff hopes alive, let alone their larger ambitions of winning a Stanley Cup.
Hutchinson hasn't inspired confidence for most of his Maple Leafs' tenure but he's playing some of the best hockey of his career lately and will need to be at his absolute best in the event that Andersen is out for any time whatsoever. "Almost like we're waiting or expecting something bad to happen". It is probably a long term situation that we want to address, but it will depend on Morgan.
Cody Ceci, who will be placed on injured reserve after injuring his ankle Wednesday in a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers, Tyson Barrie and Jake Muzzin each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, when Travis Dermott can become a restricted free agent.
Mitch Marner tallied two assists to bring his season total to 39. Tavares also had an assist.
Matheson moved down from his point position below the goal line and fed Pysyk, who found a soft spot between two defenders, to fire his fifth upstairs on Andersen on Florida's second shot. He was followed minutes later and an upper body injury was ruled out.
"We battled", Anaheim head coach Dallas Eakins said.
"The fact that you had a chance here today, we're set up again in the third period and right from the drop of the puck in the third we were on our heels".
The two previous games, both plagued by poor attention to defensive details, had kept the Leafs out of a playoff spot and increased the skepticism about the team at this juncture of the season.
The Rangers regained their two-goal lead just 34 seconds later.
"(We) just got distracted by the 3-1 goal and perhaps that's an area we'd like to have back and do better job of. "He still hasn't lost that".
In all, Toronto gets Clifford and goaltender Jack Campbell, in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Toronto's third-round pick in 2020, which was previously acquired from Ottawa on July 1, 2019, and a conditional third-round pick in 2021.
But Pysyk got the visitors back within one at 2:20, burying his sixth on a rebound after Hutchinson whiffed on an attempted clearance. "Just took pride in giving the opposition nothing and (we) seemed to be enjoying that". "It was a big game, we knew that coming in".
Tied 1-1 after the first, Tavares scored his third goal in as many games on a power play 3:38 into the second.
"I got lucky at the end there", said Pysyk, 28, who guesses Monday was his first three-goal game since he was 10 or 11 years old. By shipping him off to a competitive team, they get to do him enough of a favour while also receiving an asset in return.
Auston Matthews tallied his 37th goal of the year for the Maple Leafs against the Panthers.
The biggest caveat is really Campbell's play.
In Clifford, Toronto can add to their bottom-six forward group a defensively-sound forward that can contribute on the penalty kill as well.
"Any time you lose a player like Kreids you're gonna notice and you're gonna notice when he comes back", Zibanejad said.
The Ducks tied it with 7:13 left in regulation when Henrique batted his 18th out of mid-air on a man advantage after Clifford went off for holding the stick.
"The teams ahead of us have games in hand", Dubas said.
It's something the Leafs know needs to change - and fast. "We didn't initiate the play and they came out with good energy".