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Nylander has three points, Maple Leafs top Jets to extend streak to nine

Forward scores in fifth straight game; Andersen makes 45 saves for Toronto, on 8-0-1 run

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

Nylander's second goal

TOR@WPG: Nylander pots goal at the doorstep

Alexander Kerfoot sets up William Nylander down low who buries his second goal of the game to extend the Maple Leafs' lead to 6-3 in the 3rd

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WINNIPEG -- William Nylander scored two goals and had an assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their point streak to nine games with a 6-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Nylander extended his goal streak to five games; he has eight goals and five assists in his past seven games.

"The first one was a great play by [Adam Brooks], forechecking the goalie, and I just turned around and threw it at the net," Nylander said. "I was a little blessed there that went in. And the second one was just a great pass from [Alexander Kerfoot] back door, just had to put it in."


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Frederik Andersen made 45 saves for the Maple Leafs (23-14-5), who are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games.

"I thought we did a really good job in the third [period]," Andersen said. "We were really sharp early on and obviously made really good defensive plays. Obviously, it was a lot of shots but not a lot of danger, I think."

Video: TOR@WPG: Nylander finishes Brooks' setup

Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (22-16-3), who have lost six of their past eight games (2-5-1).

"I think we made a couple bad reads defensively," Jets forward Patrik Laine said. "[With] that kind of talent, we didn't give them too much, but gave them enough. They put up six [goals] and it's hard to win when we give up six."

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck allowed five goals on 17 shots. Laurent Brossoit replaced Hellebuyck to begin the third period and made 10 saves.

"They had 11 shots over halfway through the game, so that's a pretty good number," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "We had 30-something."

Video: TOR@WPG: Marner hits one-time blast for PPG

The Jets outshot the Maple Leafs 23-9 in the second period and 48-28 in the game.

"They're one of those teams that likes to get a lot of shots on net and see what happens on the rebounds, but I thought we did a good job today," Andersen said.

Nylander scored at 3:24 of the first period to make give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead, and at 8:45 of the third period to make it 6-3. Brooks got his first NHL point, in the forward's third game, with his assist on the first goal.

Kasperi Kapanen made it 2-0 Toronto at 9:00 of the first period. Connor made it 2-1 on the power play at 3:45 of the second period., and Laine tied the game 2-2 at 7:44 of the second period.

Video: TOR@WPG: Laine puts home wrist shot from tough angle

"It wasn't a good second period at all," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. "The back half of the first period wasn't very good either. We were very opportunistic here."

The Maple Leafs scored two goals in 35 seconds in the second. Travis Dermott made it 3-2 at 9:02 and Pierre Engvall made it 4-2 at 9:37.

Video: TOR@WPG: Engvall buries wrist shot off the draw

Scheifele brought the Jets to within 4-3 at 12:48. Mitchell Marner made it 5-3 on the power play at 16:52.


They said it

"We probably gave up a little bit too much [more] than we would have liked in the first few minutes, but everyone stuck with it and cleaned it up and we controlled the play in their half of the ice which, especially with the lead, you want to do. No question, [Frederik Andersen] has been our backbone all year." -- Maple Leafs center John Tavares

"(Linemates) Connor and [Scheifele] have been going for a while and it's only a matter of time for things to get going for Patrik when he's getting those looks." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice


Need to know

Connor has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Tavares extended his point streak to six games (three goals, eight assists). … Scheifele has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in his past 14 games. … Marner has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in his past 12 games. … Laine has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Matthews has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.


What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN360, SNO, SNW, SNP, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Nylander's two goals propel Maple Leafs past Jets

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