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Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner don’t usually get that kind of space, unless it’s the last few seconds of the warm-up when no one else is on the ice.

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But Marner gave Matthews two ‘incredible’ assists in coach Sheldon Keefe’s opinion and after some fine finishes, Matthews later netted his fourth career hat trick on a perfect long shot in Win 8 Wednesday’s -3 that outperformed dynamic Colorado forwards. The Leafs bench not only witnessed the perfect pair of 16-34 feeds, but all those hats are floating off the Scotiabank seats after the third goal.

“Amazing,” Travis Dermott said. “As a defenseman, you just hope they stay in Toronto for a long time. When Auston is this hot, you just want to put the puck, not even on his strip, but on his backhand, because he can make magic with it too. “

Michael Bunting, the left winger on the line, also received a heavy blow to get the game started on Matthews’ second goal.

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KIRILL VOLE LA COOP

A few days ago, Kirill Semyonov looked like he was about to make his way somewhere in the main Leafs roster, but now it’s “sayonara” …

The club put the striker on waiver on Wednesday for contract termination, which would allow the 27-year-old to return to the KHL. After a taste of three NHL games, he was reluctant to return to the Marlies’ minor league after the Leafs demoted him on Monday as he headed straight for the airport.

“It doesn’t always go as well as (Russian KHL veterans) want it to be,” Keefe said, adding that the Leafs had not stood in the way of Semyonov.

The Leafs had summoned Joey Anderson from the farm earlier to make his debut on Wednesday.

Semyonov was on a one-year entry-level contract after helping Omsk win the 2021 Gagarin Cup, being one of 65 KHL playoff games to his name. After nine points in as many games with the Marlies, he hasn’t got one in his limited time as Leaf. Semyonov probably also noticed that winger Ilya Mikheyev will be back soon, further clogging the roster.

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Mikheyev is skating, his thumb surgery has healed to the point that he could participate in the Western Canada road trip in two weeks.

SEND TO RESERVES

There were changes of pre-game reserve goalkeepers by both teams during the day Wednesday.

The Leafs first called on Michael Hutchinson to replace Joseph Woll, who suffered a minor injury. But the move with Hutchinson required Ondrej Kase to be put forward on the injured reserve to free up space for the cap.

When the Avalanche came out for the warm-up, there was no sign of expected starter Darcy Kuemper. He was suffering from an undisclosed injury and local emergency replacement Jett Alexander was asked to dress. Wearing number 1 with mismatched Avs-themed pads, the 6-foot-5, 22-year-old had played a game this year for the University of Toronto after going through the local North York Rangers system. Justus Annunen arrived early in the game from the Colorado farm team.

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MATTHEWS HAIR GROWTH

After taking six figures for men’s health in an unforgettable Movember, Matthews pulled out the razor.

Growing his famous mustache even longer to boost a month’s donation, Matthews surpassed his $ 134,000 goal of $ 14,000 before showing up to work Wednesday with a clean shaven. The Movember association highlights mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer.

“The support and throughout the month being able to make a difference, raising awareness for an amazing cause, it means a lot,” Matthews said. “If that means having to shave your mustache, then I would agree. “

Her new look has been the subject of team teasing.

“It’s a little different,” he agreed. “I think it’s going to take a while to get used to it. It’s really weird. I feel like I’m 16 again.

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But the 23-year-old plans to push back the ‘stache’ to some extent.

RYAN ET BRILLE

The Leafs may have a vested interest in the world junior hockey championships later this month in Edmonton and Red Deer.

Center Ryan Tverberg, selected well down the 2020 draft list at No. 213 overall, was among 35 players named to Team Canada’s preliminary roster on Wednesday. That’s based on the 5-foot-11 Richmond Hill native’s strong start to the University of Connecticut, 16 points in 14 games, double his production from the same number of games a year ago. National camp kicks off December 9 in Calgary.

Tverberg was the only local pick of 12 the Leafs made in the 20 draft, coming from the Toronto Canadiens Jr.. Forward Ridly Greig, son of former Leafs forward Mark Greig, is also on the roster for Team Canada, a 2020 Ottawa pick.

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