Toronto has now won two in a row, and improve to 7-1-1 in their past nine games. Frederik Andersen made 30 saves in the win, as the team in front of him scored twice on the power play, which they had six times on the night. They sent the Golden Knights to their franchise-record fifth straight home loss, as they are just 2-7-0 in their past nine games. Paul Stastny, Oscar Lindberg, and Williams Karlsson all scored for the Golden Knights, who got 37 saves from Fleury in the loss. The Leafs will continue their road trip against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, while the Golden Knights will look to figure things out at home that same night against the Nashville Predators.
Elsewhere in the west, the Washington Capitals went to the SAP Center and took care of the first-place San Jose Sharks, 5-1, on the road. T.J. Oshie scored twice for the Capitals, who put an end to the Sharks' six-game winning streak. Oshie's two goals gives him 500 points for his career, while Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each added a goal and an assist, as the Capitals won for the fourth time in their past six games. They are just three points behind the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Braden Holtby made 25 saves for the road team, while Ovechkin is now looking to become the fourth player in NHL history with 10 40-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, and Mario Lemieux. The Sharks are now tied with the Calgary Flames atop the Pacific Division ,as they got 24 saves from Martin Jones in their 17th loss. Kevin Labanc scored the lone goal at home, as they are also tied with the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the entire Western Conference. Joe Thornton did record an assist on the night, which gives him 1,458 points for his career, moving him past Teemu Selanne for 15th in NHL history. The Sharks will play host to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, while the Capitals will pay a visit to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.