Maple Leafs hammer the Ducks

06 February 2018 04:29:59 EST

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their push to the post-season on Monday with a 7-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Air Canada Centre.

Toronto eased to within three points of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings, but has now played five games more than their closest rival.

Indeed no other team in the NHL has played as many as the 55 games that the Maple Leafs have competed in.

Auston Matthews and William Nylander each scored twice for the hosts, with Mitch Marner, Leo Komarov and Zach Hyman also on the scoresheet.

Toronto, who completed the season sweep over the Ducks with the win, will continue their five-game home stand on Wednesday when the Nashville Predators are the visitors, with the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets all to follow over the next eight days.

Atop the Division the Lightning didn't have things their own way as they went into Edmonton and lost to the Oilers 6-2 at the Rogers Place.

Connor McDavid scored four times for the hosts, including a quite ridiculous solo effort in the second period in which the Edmonton captain lifted the puck over the shoulder of the netminder from what appeared to be an impossible angle.

The Oilers have been a major disappointment this season in not taking the step forward that has been seen in Toronto and Winnipeg and it seems likely there will be major changes in the off-season.

Sixth in the Pacific Division, Edmonton leads only the Vancouver Canucks and the Arizona Coyotes in the standings.

Meanwhile, the Lightning are 5/8 to win the Eastern Conference title, with the Bruins 4999/1 and the Maple Leafs 4999/1.

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