1. Leafs rebound from early deficit, take lead before first intermission thanks to goals from Leivo, Nylander. The Leafs were playing the second half of a back-to-back, road-and-home series that saw them beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 in Columbus Wednesday - and while the Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 2:59 mark of Thursday's game on a goal from defenceman John Moore, Toronto roared back before the first period was finished, with winger Josh Leivo scoring the tying goal at 5:46, and winger William Nylander putting the Buds ahead with 1:43 left in the frame.
Leivo's goal - a power play marker - was his second of the year in his 13th NHL game this season, while Nylander's goal was his second point of the night after he registered the secondary assist on Toronto's first goal. Nylander now has 21 goals and 56 points in 72 games, and his offensive production Thursday gave him at least a point in 10 consecutive games, which set a new franchise record for Leafs rookies. The 20-year-old has been on a tear, but he's endeared himself to head coach Mike Babcock as much for growing his all-around game as he has for his puck prowess.