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Tavares scores twice, Maple Leafs ruin Bowness' debut as Jets coach

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WinnipegJohn Tavares With two power-play goals, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 to ruin coach Rick Bowness’s debut on Saturday at the Canada Life Center.

“I think I’m just trying to be myself,” Tavares said. “I’ve been productive and consistently evolving my game throughout my career. And obviously I’ve found some very good players and we have a great team. I keep trying to read them and use my skill set to make them better.” And play and contribute when the opportunity presents itself. ”

Auston Matthews record 3 assists, Ilya Samsonov He had 31 saves with the Maple Leafs (4-2-0).

Pierre-Luc Dubois score and Connor Herebuick Made 24 saves for the Jets (2-3-0).

Bowness missed Winnipeg’s first four games after testing positive for COVID-19. Assistant coach Scott Arniel ran the team in his absence.

“We are together and this group will always be together [of] Training camp and every game,” Bowness said. I did it again tonight and I will do it every game. So I think this group is united and they will continue to fight together and turn this situation around.”

Dubois scored on his own rebound to make it 1-0 at 4:17 in the first period.

“They played a good game, obviously a good team,” said Dubois. “They jammed that neutral zone pretty well. Instead of trying to drive them behind us, we tried to keep playing and flipped it over. We came in and had a chance to score…Sometimes we didn’t have the answers, and that’s what hurts us tonight.”

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Tavares tied the score 1–1 at 9:56. William Nylander And score from the high slot.

“[Tavares] Toronto coach Sheldon Keef said. But more importantly, I think he’s been really good in each match.His lines, you know if it’s been [Denis] there malgin or [Nicholas] Robertson, that line is pretty consistent. ”

David Kamp At 14:34 in the second period, the Maple Leafs lead 2-1. Wayne Simmons Score a goal with a backhand leg-to-leg pass through traffic in the slot.

“[Kyle Clifford] I made a great play going through the neutral zone, and I [Mason] Appleton collided,” said Simmons, who was making his season debut. I grabbed it and saw someone coming from behind, so I grabbed it and tried to throw it as fast as I could. [Kampf] I just had a great shot. ”

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Tavares scored the second on a deflection of Matthews’ point shot to make it 3-1 at 18:56. Michael Bunting He shot into an empty net at 17:23 in the third period to advance to the 4-1 final.

“The third period wasn’t perfect, but the combination of the players playing hard, defending the net well and Samsonov being very strong for us is the perfect way to start this journey.” said Keefe.

Note: Samsonov is 4-0-0 this season, allowing seven goals on 113 shots (.938 save percentage). … Simmons had an assist and three hits in 9:42 of ice time. …Nylander has scored in four games in a row and he has scored four goals (two goals and two assists).