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Simmonds settling into groove again in Maple Leafs' bottom six

Wayne Simmonds is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the Maple Leafs 5-3 win over Calgary on Monday night.
Wayne Simmonds is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the Maple Leafs 5-3 win over Calgary on Monday night.

The Wayne Train is firing on all cylinders.

That’s the summation of Wayne Simmonds’ self-evaluation, and we would tend to agree.

Simmonds has played in nine games since returning to the Maple Leafs’ lineup from a broken wrist. Ten days ago, he said during a Zoom call that didn’t think he was at the point where he was making a proper impact.

During the Leafs’ four-game trip, all wins, the line of Pierre Engvall between Ilya Mikheyev and Simmonds had growth.

The play of Simmonds, who scored in the Leafs’ 5-3 victory in Calgary on Monday, was key.

“I’m a lot better,” the Maple Leafs winger said. “I think I’ve got my timing down. I’m starting to play the game the right way. I’m happy about my performance and even happier about the team’s performance over the last four games.”

Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe concurred.

“In the third period (in the Leafs’ first game in Calgary on Sunday), things started to turn for him, it seemed like his game was settling down a bit,” Keefe said. “He had more jump.”

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