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Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1, SO
New Jersey Devils 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) -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 night.

"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.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:54
TOR
Phil Kessel (27) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (16), John Mitchell (11)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
15:46
NJD
David Clarkson (9) ASST: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (1), Andy Greene (25)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTORNJDTOTAL
1P. Kessel
Z. Parise
1 - 1
2N. Kulemin
P. Elias
2 - 1
3J. Mitchell
3 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:32
NJD
Andrew Peters  Fighting against  Colton Orr
02:32
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting against  Andrew Peters
05:48
NJD
David Clarkson  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dion Phaneuf
09:39
TOR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Mike Mottau
11:43
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Boarding against  Andy Greene
3rd Period
05:09
NJD
Paul Martin  Hooking against  John Mitchell
09:19
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Interference against  Zach Parise
16:08
TOR
Tyler Bozak  Hooking against  Zach Parise
18:23
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hooking against  Phil Kessel
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Yann Danis
SA: 26TOI: 64:55
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 25TOI: 64:56
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0