Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said Leafs fans would grow to like winger Leo Komarov, but the cheering section starts with his own linemates.

Matt Frattin cited Komarov's physical role in helping to produce the winning goal against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

"It was a nice little tic-tac-toe with me and Nazem Kadri, but the play that made it was Leo driving the net," Frattin said. "He took two guys (out). Not too many people notice that play, but that's the kind of little thing he does.

"As a line we got our legs in the third period and were pushing them back on their heels, taking control of the game. If we play that way, we should be on the winning side for quite a few games this year."

Frattin has a shot at a third straight game-winning goal on Saturday. Phil Kessel did it twice at the start of last season and John Mitchell had consecutive shootout winners a couple of seasons back.