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Kessel has 2 goals, Reimer stops 35 shots as Maple Leafs win 6th in a row, 5-2, over Avalanche

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:45 PM / News

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Kessel has 2 goals, Reimer stops 35 shots as Maple Leafs win 6th in a row, 5-2, over Avalanche

DENVER - Phil Kessel scored twice, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Nazem Kadri also scored and James Reimer stopped 35 shots for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs are on their longest winning streak in eight years after losing four in a row. Toronto has climbed to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings during its win streak.

Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals for the Avalanche, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 19 saves in relief of Semyon Varlamov.

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