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Devils come up short to Maple Leafs in Toronto

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Devils come up short to Maple Leafs in Toronto
New Jersey Devils 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
TORONTO (AP) -Jonas Gustavsson made 29 saves, and Mikhail Grabovski, Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg scored in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils (5-12-2), notching his second of the season.

Gustavsson filled in for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, sidelined by a strained groin.

The mounting problems for New Jersey might have got bigger. Already hampered by injuries, goalie Martin Brodeur was replaced by Johan Hedberg after two periods - although no reason for the change was provided. Brodeur watched the final 20 minutes from the end of the bench.

Versteeg scored on Hedberg with less than 7 minutes to play to ice the victory. He one-timed a shot on the power play from the left circle at 13:17.

A game between two of the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL delivered as expected - tight-checking hockey with little offensive flair.

The Leafs' power play also accounted for the game's opening goal. Brodeur kicked out a big rebound that Grabovski hammered home at 1:42 of the second period.

Kessel made it 2-0 after being thwarted on a couple good opportunities earlier in the game. Standing alone at the side of the goal, he took a nice pass from Kadri and beat Brodeur at 6:29.

The Devils narrowed the lead before the end of the period with a goal Gustavsson could have stopped. Zubrus had Alexander Vasyunov's shot go off his skate and through the Swedish goalie's legs at 10:14.
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Mikhail Grabovski (5) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (6), Clarke MacArthur (10)
1 - 0 TOR
Phil Kessel (9) ASST: Nazem Kadri (2), Mike Komisarek (5)
2 - 0 TOR
Dainius Zubrus (2) ASST: Alexander Vasyunov (3), Ilya Kovalchuk (6)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
PPG - Kris Versteeg (5) ASST: Nazem Kadri (3), Tomas Kaberle (10)
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Clarke MacArthur
Brian Rolston  Tripping against  Luke Schenn
2nd Period
John Mitchell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Luke Schenn  Cross checking against  Mattias Tedenby
3rd Period
Matthew Corrente  Cross checking against  Mikhail Grabovski
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 7TOI: 17:38
Saves: 6EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 20TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0
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