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Marner, Rielly propel Maple Leafs in win against Wild

Forward, defenseman combine for seven points in second period; Minnesota drops fifth in six games

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

Marner's power-play goal

MIN@TOR: Marner beats Dubnyk five-hole for PPG

Mitch Marner receives a pass in the circle and whips a wrist shot that sneaks through Devan Dubnyk's five-hole on the power play for a 2-1 lead

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TORONTO -- Mitchell Marner and Morgan Rielly combined for seven points in the second period for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Marner had a goal and two assists and Rielly had four assists for Toronto (4-2-1), and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves. The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the power play after scoring twice in 12 opportunities over the previous four games.

"We wanted to get our power play going tonight; that was huge for our team," Marner said. "We stayed patient with our game plan, and that's something we have to keep going forward with."


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Rielly tied the Maple Leafs record for the most assists in a regular-season period (Rick Vaive on March 12, 1984).

"Good for him; he's a good player and was much better defensively," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of Rielly. "He's always been good offensively. It's important he has good nights and feels good about himself. Any time your good players score and generate offense and that's what they like to do and they get feeling good, your team is better."

Luke Kunin and Gerald Mayhew scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Minnesota, which has lost five of its first six games (1-5-0).

Video: MIN@TOR: Mayhew scores first NHL goal in debut

"We need to be a 20-man team," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's not the veterans, it's not the rookies … everybody's got to chip in, or bad things are going to happen.

"We don't have a team that can rely on one guy. We don't have Auston Matthews that's going to score 50-60 goals. Everybody on different nights has got to contribute."

The Maple Leafs scored four goals in 11:07 in the second period. They took a 2-1 lead when Marner shot between Dubnyk's pads for a power-play goal at 7:17.

Andreas Johnsson (one goal, one assist) made it 3-1 at 8:29 when he swatted a rebound out of the air at the top of the goal crease after Marner's shot ricocheted off the glass behind the net.

Video: MIN@TOR: Johnsson bats puck in out of midair for PPG

Matthews gave the Maple Leafs a 4-1 lead with his fourth goal in the past five games at 13:05 when he took a pass from Marner at the top of the goal crease on a give-and-go.

"They got three goals in an under 10 minutes span; it's crazy," Boudreau said. "These are the times when something goes bad, you have to pull it up and get stronger, go after them."

Mayhew scored his first NHL goal with 1:02 remaining for the 4-2 final.

"It was pretty special. I had 11 relatives here tonight and it was surreal," Mayhew said. "It was something I wanted to do since I was probably five years old, and I'm lucky enough to be able to do it."

Kunin gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period.

John Tavares tied it 1-1 with a slap shot over Dubnyk's glove from the left boards at 1:58 of the second.

"Just the way the circumstances were and my instincts when I saw Mitch in front, it was just to shoot it then rather than carrying it in a bit more and giving the goalie time to recover," Tavares said. "I was able to put it in a good spot and Mitch gave me a great screen."

Video: MIN@TOR: Tavares buries slap shot from the circle


They said it

"I wish I had a magic potion to make everybody faster, but I don't. That's why you have to grind it out and play maybe a boring hockey game. You can't get in an end-to-end game with some of these speedy teams. We played great in the first period and in the start of the second, but it gets frustrating when you get scored on three or four times in a short span." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 "I think we just talked about being patient [in the first intermission] and not trying to force too much. I thought we played a good first [and] obviously didn't get the results we wanted, but I thought we came out and just kind of stayed the course. We took advantage of some power-play opportunities and other than that, we played simple and went to work. It's good when we can stay patient like that." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly


Need to know

Mayhew played his first NHL game after playing 164 games with Iowa of the American Hockey League over four seasons. ... Tavares has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist), and Johnsson has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.


What's next

Wild: At the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-N, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: At the Washington Capitals on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Video: Marner, Rielly lead Leafs past Wild, 4-2

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