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Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 10:24 PM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, New Jersey Devils 1
Three Stars of the Game
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 28TOI: 59:53
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .964SH: 1-1
Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:52
David Clarkson
David Clarkson
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:54

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs extended the New Jersey Devils' losing streak to six games with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

James Reimer made 27 saves as the Maple Leafs strengthened their position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Maple Leafs are 5th in the East, seven points ahead of the Devils, who are now three points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders and the postseason cutoff.

David Clarkson deprived Reimer of his second shutout in three games with a goal with 8:23 left, but the Devils fell to 0-3-3 in their last six games.

The six-game skid is the second one this season for New Jersey, following an 8-1-3 start. The Devils haven't won since top forward Ilya Kovalchuk injured a shoulder.

Komarov scored early in the first period to stake Toronto to a 1-0 lead, and Bozak tallied midway through the third to double the advantage.

Komarov's second goal was scored when he deflected a shot from the point by defenseman Mark Fraser past defenseless Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. The 26-year-old Komarov had missed the previous six games because of an upper body injury.

Bozak's 11th goal of the season was a little fluky. He took a lead pass from Phil Kessel, broke in on Brodeur and nudged a shot on goal. Brodeur got the blade of his stick on the puck, but it popped up and rolled into the net before Steve Bernier could stop it.

Clarkson beat Reimer with a shot between the pads after defenseman Marek Zidlicky made a pass to spring him for a break in.

The only reason the Devils weren't ahead after the first period was Reimer. He made outstanding stops on Adam Henrique from the left circle and on a couple of chances in front by Stephen Gionta. His best save was an uncontested pad stop on a rebound attempt by Steve Sullivan, who was acquired by the Devils on Wednesday from Phoenix for a second tour with New Jersey.

Brodeur, who made his eighth straight start since returning from a back injury, didn't have much work but he kept the goal-challenged Devils in the game with an in-close stop on Kessel.

Both teams hit a goal post in the first period.

Devils defenseman Mark Fayne had his shot from the right point hit someone in the circle and deflect off the post. Clarke MacArthur hit the post late in the period.

The Maple Leafs played without Joffrey Lupul, who was out with an undisclosed injury sustained on Thursday against Philadelphia. He had five goals and five assists in his last five games.

NOTES: Kovalchuk is close to returning, coach Pete DeBoer said. ... Maple Leafs leading scorer Nazem Kadri appeared to hurt his left knee after being tripped by Fayne in the second period. He was down on the ice for a while but returned soon after. ... The 38-year-old Sullivan played parts of two seasons with the Devils from 1995-1997. He later played for Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
Leo Komarov (2) ASST: Mark Fraser (7), Cody Franson (18)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
3rd Period
Tyler Bozak (11) ASST: Phil Kessel (25), James van Riemsdyk (10)
2 - 0 TOR
David Clarkson (13) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (12)
2 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Mark Fraser  Holding against  David Clarkson
Nikolay Kulemin  Interference against  Matt D'Agostini
James van Riemsdyk  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
Steve Sullivan  Slashing against  Cody Franson
Clarke MacArthur  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Travis Zajac
Travis Zajac  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
2nd Period
David Clarkson  Interference against  Nazem Kadri
James van Riemsdyk  Tripping against  Adam Henrique
Mark Fayne  Tripping against  Nazem Kadri
Travis Zajac  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
3rd Period
Stephen Gionta  Holding against  Nikolay Kulemin
Nikolay Kulemin  Broken stick
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 28TOI: 59:53
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 18TOI: 58:49
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
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