TORONTO – John Tavares had the best offensive night of his career and had more of the defensive side of the Maple Leafs attack.
Tavares had the first four-goal play of his career and the Maple Leafs beat the Panthers 7-5 Monday night.
Tavares, who signed a $ 77 million seven-year deal with The Leafs in Free Agency on July 1, has 45 goals this season, most of which was a franchise from his first season.
"It's nice to be rewarded like that. It feels good, "said 28-year-old Tavares. "I still have the feeling that we can be a little better with some of the possibilities we gave up and eventually got into our network."
Tavares, who has a total of nine three-pointers since his first overall victory for the Islanders in 2009, moved up to second this season, three behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
"I'm just trying to play my game," said Tavares, who had previously scored 38 goals. "With the type of players I'm with and with the kind of team we play many games."
"They're just trying to make themselves available."
Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists, and Patrick Marleau and Jake Muzzin also hit Toronto Mitch Marner had three assists, while Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each completed two assists.
Frederik Andersen scored 31
"The puck must stay off the net." Head coach Mike Babcock said, "We have to help Freddie."
Jayce Hawryluk scored two goals and added a Florida assistant, Jonathan Huberdeau added two goals and Mike Matheson also scored, with Evgenii Dadanov and Mike Hoffman scoring two templates each.
Rookie network operator Sam Montembeault fired two goals with four shots before he came in just over four minutes into the game, Roberto Luongo the night with the Panthers wanted to spend for the Montreal Canadians of Montreal, made 28 reliefs.
The Leafs scored an early goal when Marleau Nazem fed Kadri and defeated Montembeault for his 16th goal of the season and second in his last 13 games.
Muzzin scored a ninth-place finish at 4:21, netting a shot past Montembeault, who was promptly replaced by Luongo.
Tavares scored his first powerplay hit at 11:05 am, beating Luongo closely with a close-range shot.
Hawryluk picked Florida at 13:23 on the board and pushed his sixth pass past Andersen 3-1. Tavares added his second 1:19 as he passed a pass from Hyman to Luongo.
Matheson shot his eighth place through a screen at 4:25 pm on Andersen to give some life to the Panthers.
Tavares made it 5: 2 in a hustle and bustle at 5:51 of the second to complete his hat-trick. Hats rained down to honor the 28-year-old's second three-goal game of the season.
Tavares scored his fourth goal, scoring 6: 2 in a 3:57 lead on the third pass again.
"Mostly it was a good night," Tavares said. "We build on the good."