Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe had nothing but praise for defensemen Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren following a hard-fought victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

"To me, those guys had an incredible game tonight," Keefe said following the 4-0 win, per The Athletic's Jonas Siegel. "Those two young guys took on a lot here tonight, and they were really, really good."

Keefe also touched on the pair's recent elevated roles as the Maple Leafs have battled three key injuries on their blue line.

"I think you learn a lot about their character," Keefe said. "The team needs them to step up in a big way, and they've done exactly that. Like, those guys played hard today. They played a lot of minutes tired, too."