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New Jersey at Toronto

Kessel scores in regulation, shootout as Maple Leafs top Devils

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Phil Kessel and the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs had some fun - at the New Jersey Devils' expense.

Kessel scored in regulation and in a shootout to help the Maple Leafs win for the fifth time in six games, 2-1 over the Devils on Thursday.

"We're playing for each other," Kessel said. "We want to win games. This year isn't over. We're going to play it out to the end, try to win as many games as we can."

Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell also scored shootout goals for the Leafs, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves. David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Yann Danis stopped 24 shots in place of Martin Brodeur.

"They play hard, they play well," Devils forward Zach Parise said. "Sometimes those are the toughest teams to play against when they've got nothing, really, to play for at this time of the year."

Danis made his second start of the month for the Devils, who rolled into Toronto a day after a hard-fought 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Danis surrendered the first goal of the game when he let a rebound from Dion Phaneuf's shot to carom directly to Kessel with time winding down in the first period. Kessel put it in a wide-open net. It was Kessel's 27th goal of the season.

Clarkson tied it with 4:14 left in the second period.

Notes

  • Defenseman Jesse Blacker signed a three-year entry level contract with the Leafs. The 18-year-old Blacker, selected 58th overall by Toronto last year, will report to the Marlies in the AHL.
  • Devils coach Jacques Lemaire (582) and Leafs counterpart Ron Wilson (577) sit seventh and eighth, respectively, among the NHL's victory leaders.
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John Mitchell goes backhand in the shootout on Yann Danis to convert the winner. (Getty Images)
John Mitchell goes backhand in the shootout on Yann Danis to convert the winner. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
New Jersey (42-24-4)01000 (1)1
Toronto  (25-34-12) «10001 (3)2
Three Stars
J. Giguere
TOR


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960
P. Kessel
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Y. Danis
NJ


Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .962
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18:54Phil Kessel (27), Snap Shot. Assist: Phaneuf, Mitchell
2ND PERIOD
15:46David Clarkson (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Letourneau-Leblond, Greene
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
2OT
 Phil Kessel (3), GOAL
 Zach Parise (5), GOAL
 Nikolai Kulemin (2), GOAL
 John Mitchell (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:32Peters, 5 min, Fighting
02:32Orr, 5 min, Fighting
05:48Clarkson, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
09:39Orr, 2 min, Roughing
11:43Kulemin, 2 min, Boarding
3RD PERIOD
05:09Martin, 2 min, Hooking
09:19Kulemin, 2 min, Interference
16:08Bozak, 2 min, Hooking
18:23Langenbrunner, 2 min, Hooking
OT
None
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
New Jersey591125
Toronto99624
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Yann Danis 64:5525133
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 64:5624121
Game Information
Attendance - 19183
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Derek Nansen
 
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LA 0
StL 4 Final
NYR 3
Pho 4 Final
Fla 3
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Atl 6
Buf 6 Final
TB 2
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Nash 5
Pitt 3 Final
Bos 0
Wash 3 Final
OT
Car 4
Phi 3 Final
Dal 2