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Sports: Dzingel, Vejmelka lift Coyotes past Maple Leafs 2-1

Maple Leafs Place Marner, Engvall on COVID-19 Protocol

  Maple Leafs Place Marner, Engvall on COVID-19 Protocol Mitch Marner returned for a pair of games after missing most of December with a shoulder injury. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be short a pair of forwards for at least the first game of their upcoming road trip.Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall have been placed on COVID-19 protocol, the team announced before practice on Friday.Marner missed most of last month with a shoulder injury he received after a collision with teammate Jake Muzzin during a practice on Dec. 3.Marner has six goals and 15 assists in 26 games this season. He has no points in his two games since his return from injury.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Dzingel scored two goals, Karel Vejmelka stopped 45 shots and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Wednesday night.

  Dzingel, Vejmelka lift Coyotes past Maple Leafs 2-1 © Provided by The Canadian Press

Dzingel, playing his first game since Dec. 10, matched his previous season output of two goals.

Auston Matthews scored 14 seconds into the third period (24th) from Jake Muzzin and Michael Bunting. The goal set a franchise record for Matthews, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale — his ninth consecutive road-game goal, breaking the record previously held by Babe Dye, Frank Mahovlich and Daniel Marios.

In the first two periods, Toronto couldn’t solve Vejmelka, who stopped 35 shots before Matthews beat him above his left shoulder. It was the Maple Leafs' first game in Arizona since November 2019.

Maple Leafs' Marner and Engvall Return as 3 Others Land on COVID-19 List

  Maple Leafs' Marner and Engvall Return as 3 Others Land on COVID-19 List Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall returned to practice Friday as Ondrej Kase, Justin Holl and Nick Ritchie entered COVID-19 protocol. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mitch Marner could have returned to action earlier in the week had the schedule allowed for it.Both he and forward Pierre Engvall, were eligible to return to the team earlier than Friday, but a compressed schedule that saw the Toronto Maple Leafs play on back-to-back nights made for a less-than-ideal situation for both forwards to re-enter the lineup earlier in the week.

The Coyotes scored first even though Toronto had 16 of the game’s first 18 shots. Ryan Dzingel, playing in his first game since Dec. 10, scored an unassisted goal from in front of the net

Toronto goalie Petr Mrazek had 16 saves while playing just his second game since November and his fourth of the season. He missed 20 games with a groin injury.

ROSTER MOVES

With a COVID-19 outbreak sidelining Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny plus goalie Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Anton Stralman, Arizona recalled defensemen Victor Soderstrom and Vladislav Kolyachonok and goalie Iva Prosvetov to the taxi squad. All three callups were in the lineup Wednesday night.


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The Maple Leafs were still without forwards Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner, also in the health and safety protocols.

ICE CHIPS

Maple Leafs: Toronto has only been shut out once this season, 2-0 on Nov. 20 by Pittsburgh.

Coyotes: Kolyachonok made his NHL debut Wednesday. The 20-year-old native of Belarus was a second-round pick of Florida in the 2019 draft. ... The Coyotes have won all three games they have led after two periods this season.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At St. Louis on Saturday night.

Coyotes: At Colorado on Friday night.

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Diagnosed with a Concussion, Maple Leafs' Muzzin Doesn't Like to Make Excuses .
The Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman could have blamed a possible concussion as an explanation for his poor play on Saturday night. Instead, he pointed the finger at himself. NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin had to carve his way through 36 cm of snowfall to make it to the team's practice facility in Etobicoke on Monday. Although he was no different than his teammates and staff who battled the wintery conditions that forced closures of schools and highways, Muzzin also had to deal with the lingering effects of a hit he took from in Saturday's 6-5 win against the St. Louis Blues.

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