Maple Leafs Thump Oilers

Andreas Johnsson scored twice as part of Toronto's four-goal outburst in a seven-minute stretch to open the second period as the Maple Leafs blasted Edmonton 6-2.

Mitch Marner added a goal and two assists, while John Tavares, William Nylander and Patrick Marleau had two-point nights to provide the rest of the offence for Toronto (39-20-4).

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Leafs, who now turn their attention to Thursday night when they visit the Islanders in Tavares's return to New York.

Oilers superstar Connor McDavid returned to the lineup after serving his two-game NHL suspension for a hit to the head on Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy last week.

Wednesday marked another homecoming for McDavid, who grew up in a suburb just north of Toronto and cheered for the Leafs as a kid.

The Oilers came in with six out of a possible eight points in their last four outings, but were also just 3-8-4 over the last 15.

It wasn't all good news for the Leafs, however, as defenseman Travis Dermott went straight to the locker room midway through the final period doubled over in pain favoring his left arm/shoulder after taking a hit along the boards.

Earlier in the day the Leafs announced defenceman Jake Gardiner is out with a back injury and is considered week to week. Gardiner missed games against Arizona and Washington at the end of January with back spasms but had played in all 13 Leafs games since then.