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Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 11:35 PM / News

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TORONTO - Mason Raymond scored two goals, James Reimer made 36 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Tuesday night.

Toronto scored four goals on only 14 shots.

The Leafs improved to 6-1, continuing their best start since 1993, when they opened with 10 straight wins.

Because of penalties, the Wild spent more than a quarter of the first period on the power play. That meant Reimer faced plenty of shots and was the Leafs' best penalty-killer.

Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper struggled with little action.

The Leafs scored on their first shot, a tic-tac-toe passing play from Cody Franson to Dave Bolland to Tyler Bozak that Kuemper couldn't stop at 4:24 of the first.

Trevor Smith beat the Wild's No. 3 goaltender between his legs at 13:51 of the first period on Toronto's third shot of the game.

Jason Pominville scored a power-play goal for Minnesota with 2:33 left in the first period.

BLACKHAWKS 3, HURRICANES 2, SO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and Chicago beat Carolina to claim the 2,500th victory in club history.

Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.

Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves, then stopped three Carolina shooters in the shootout.

After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up empty, Sharp beat Cam Ward with a nifty forehand in the third round.

Crawford then stuffed Jeff Skinner to end it, making the Blackhawks the last of the Original Six to reach the 2,500-win mark.

Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey scored during Carolina's third-period rally.

Ward stopped 34 shots for Carolina.

PENGUINS 3, OILERS 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal 7:20 into the third period put Pittsburgh in front for good and the Penguins stayed hot at home with a 3-2 win over Edmonton.

Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby assisted on all three PenguinS goals to vault him into the NHL scoring lead. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots for Pittsburgh to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton. Jason Labarbera made 25 saves, but struggled with puck control as the Oilers dropped their fourth straight.

Edmonton twice battled back to tie it but had no answer after Malkin's second goal of the season. Crosby earned the secondary assist on the score and has points in each of Pittsburgh's first six games.

CANUCKS 3, FLYERS 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored the second of his two goals with 2:25 left in the third period to lead Vancouver over Philadelphia, which fell to 1-6 overall and 1-3 under coach Craig Berube.

Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo made the win stand with 20 saves.

Tye McGinn scored both goals for the Flyers, who haven't scored more than two goals in a game this season.

Higgins and Kesler and each scored in the third period to rally Vancouver.

SABRES 4 ISLANDERS 3, SO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation, Ryan Miller stopped John Tavares in the final round in the shootout and Buffalo beat New York to earn its first win of the season.

The Sabres were on the verge of their eighth straight loss, which would've set the club's futility mark to start a season, before Foligno rescued them.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout. Miller allowed a goal to Matt Moulson in the first round, but denied Frans Nielsen and Tavares to win it.

Buffalo erased three one-goal deficits to finally end its slide. The last came after Tyler Myers kept the puck in the New York zone and got it to Foligno for a screened shot past Evgeni Nabokov.

Moulson had deflected in Tavares' shot during a power play with 11:16 remaining in the third to put the Islanders ahead 3-2.

New York also got goals from Nielsen in the first period and Matt Martin in the second.

Ennis and Vanek scored for Buffalo in the middle frame.

LIGHTNING 5, KINGS 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis had two goals and an assist, Ben Bishop improved to 4-0, and Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles.

St. Louis has four goals and 10 points during a five-game point streak. Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell and Ondrej Palat had the other Tampa Bay goals.

Bishop made a strong save in the second on Trevor Lewis' shot from the low left circle. The goalie had missed one game after having his right leg jammed during the third period of last Thursday's game against Florida.

Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled late in the second after allowing three goals on 17 shots. Quick had a 3-0 record with an 0.55 goals-against-average in four previous games against Tampa Bay.

Slava Voynov scored for Tampa Bay in the third.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

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