NASHVILLE — William Nylander, Zach Hyman and Rasmus Sandin each scored and had an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Nashville Predators 5-2 Monday night.
Jason Spezza and Auston Matthews also scored and Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Mikael Granlund and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville, which has lost of three of four.
Both teams played their first game in more than a week after their bye week and the league’s All-Star break.
Nylander scored first at 4:13 of the opening period, giving him a goal in four straight games. From deep inside the Toronto zone, Sandin lofted a long pass to Nylander down the middle of the ice. Nylander corralled the puck just outside the blue line, skated in alone against goalie Pekka Rinne and beat him with a low wrist shot.
Rinne finished with 26 saves.
Granlund tied it 40 seconds later. Granlund began a breakout from the Nashville zone and sent a pass to Matt Duchene on the left side. Duchene sent a pass back to Granlund in the low slot, where he snapped one past Andersen on the short side.
Hyman made it 2-1 at 7:12 of the first when he tapped in a rebound of Mitch Marner’s shot from the right side.
Sandin’s first career goal gave the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead at 4:41 of the second, and Spezza followed at 12:17 of the second with his seventh goal of the season.
Arvidsson scored on a rebound of Mattias Ekholm’s shot at 12:52 of the third to halve Toronto’s lead.
Matthews scored an empty-net goal late.
Toronto RW Kasperi Kapanen left the game in the first period with an arm injury and did not return. … Spezza has 31 points in 32 career games against Nashville. … Granlund and Arvidsson both have goals in two of their last three games. … The Predators have scored just one power-play goal in their last six games.
Maple Leafs: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night.
Predators: Visit Washington on Wednesday night.
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Jim Diamond, The Associated Press
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