June 19, 2024

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Maple Leafs looked way too top-heavy.

Four players were scoring most of the goals — like, 60 percent of the goals. Top. Heavy.

No longer.

Over the last five weeks, during a stretch that’s seen them win 12 of 16 games, the Leafs have been getting goals from all over the place.

Matthew Knies, Six different players scored in a blowout win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Auston Matthews was among them (that’s 55 goals now on the season), but so were Pontus Holmberg, Timothy Liljegren,Tyler Bertuzzi and William Nylander.

Fourteen different players have scored at least once over that 16-game stretch.

The biggest out-of-nowhere surprise there, by far, is Bobby McMann and those eight goals. Increasingly less surprising now is the frequent contributions from Bertuzzi. He’s up to 13 goals on the season after tapping in a pass from Matthews to get the Leafs on the board in Philly.

Bertuzzi scored only once during a 32-game stretch at one point. He couldn’t buy a goal.

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