NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto|
(Monday, March 4th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, New Jersey 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jay McClement, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel
scored in the third period to help Toronto overcome New Jersey, 4-2, at Air
Nazem Kadri tallied in the opening 20 minutes and James Reimer made 28 saves
for the Maple Leafs, who have won two straight and six of their last nine.
"We weren't very happy with what we were doing for the first 40 minutes of the
hockey game and we were fortunate that we were only down one goal," said
Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "The tide had really turned."
Marek Zidlicky registered both goals and Ryan Carter added assists on both for
the Devils, losers of five consecutive games. Johan Hedberg allowed all four
goals on 23 shots, as Martin Brodeur remains sidelined with a back issue.
McClement's short-side tally 39 seconds into the third forged a 2-2 deadlock,
then MacArthur gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead at 7:25, only eight seconds into a
tripping minor to Devils forward Andrei Loktionov.
It was 4-2 for the hosts at 9:52 when Kessel redirected a James van Riemsdyk
dish past Hedberg on the right side off a 2-on-1 break.
In a desperation move, Hedberg was pulled for an extra skater with well over
two minutes remaining. The Maple Leafs kept the pressure on in their half of
the ice, missing several chances at the empty cage while keeping the visitors
away from Reimer.
Kadri opened the scoring just after the midway point of the first period, when
his attempted cross-crease pass caromed off Hedberg's stick, through his pads
and over the goal line.
"We played well enough to win. We need some saves," said Hedberg. "I have to
take that upon me. I have to play better for us to get out of this. I know
that I have to be better. When we need a save I have to be there, especially
when it's hard for us to get a win."
Zidlicky's wrister from the bottom of the left circle zipped past Reimer at
5:43 of the second period, then the New Jersey defenseman put his club ahead
at 11:18, finishing off a give-and-go with Carter on a shot under the
Toronto halted a three-game home losing skid to New Jersey, posting its first
win over the Devils since a 3-1 decision on Nov. 18, 2010 ... Prior to the
game, the Leafs dealt forward Mike Brown to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange
for a fourth-round pick in 2014 ... Zidlicky posted the sixth multi-goal game
of his career.
03/05 00:17:15 ET