Tavares, Matthews score 2 each as Maple Leafs defeat Stars 7-4

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars have both started their respective seasons in interesting fashion.

Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly had a career-high four assists after he scored the winning goal in Sunday night's 7-6 overtime win at Chicago. That top power play unit for Toronto has scored five goals in Toronto's first four games, with at least a goal in each.

"When it's going in, it's always a really good feeling", Matthews said Tuesday. Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov have combined for 13 points through Dallas' first two games.

Dallas entered Tuesday's game boasting a 2-0-0 record and with goaltender Ben Bishop having given up only one goal against in two starts, fewest in the National Hockey League. Competitors in the matches will include members of the Maple Leafs, players in the Leafs Gaming League, members of the attending audience, and members of esports organisation FaZe Clan.

The Leafs grabbed control by scoring three times in the last 8:01 of the second period for a 5-2 lead. Toronto dominated the front of the net at even strength - and on the power play, the Maple Leafs consistently made easy passes to the back door, directly leading to two goals.

"What I like about the power play is we're not trying to make any highlight-reel plays", Tavares said. "I think we believe in creating opportunities with the skill sets we have".

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"Bits and pieces of the game we did some of the good things, but it wasn't enough done right", Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall said.

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While the Leafs have scored 20 goals to start this season, they've also given up 17 goals against.

Dallas' top line continued to provide most of the Stars' scoring. He scored his sixth and seventh of the season against Dallas, marking his fourth straight game with a goal and his fourth straight multi-point game.

"Their speed and their creativity forced those mistakes", Montgomery said. What also helped was a little luck on Andersen's part after his miscue overskating a puck behind the net very almost turned into a goal, but Mattias Janmark sent the puck through Andersen's legs across the crease to keep the Leafs ahead 1-0.

Matthews broke the tie with a slap shot at 18:58 for a 2-1 lead after one period. Then Seguin out-raced Hainsey to a loose puck in the neutral zone and took off on a breakaway to beat Andersen five-hole and tie the game again midway through the second period. Connor Brown added an empty-net goal at 16:40.

Carrick has three assists in his first two games with Dallas and understandably, feels the change of scenery has been overwhelmingly positive. The power-play goal was his second.

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