Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel is congratulated by teammates after scoring on New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during Monday’s game in Toronto.
TORONTO — James Reimer made 31 saves, and Phil Kessel snapped a scoreless tie late in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, despite recording only 12 shots.
Kessel broke the deadlock with a power-play goal at 13:28 of the third, and Jay McClement scored into an empty net with 36.6 seconds remaining to back Reimer’s third shutout of the season.
Toronto (24-14-5), aiming for its first postseason berth since 2004, is 9-1-4 in its past 14 games.
The Devils (15-17-10) lost for the 10th straight time (0-6-4) and were blanked for a second consecutive game. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champion, is in 11th place — six points below the postseason cutoff with only six games left.
FLYERS 7, CANADIENS 3
MONTREAL — Scott Hartnell scored three goals and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Montreal.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.
Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining.
Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (26-10-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a playoff spot on Thursday.
The Flyers outshot Montreal 33-28. Carey Price was pulled for a second game in a row in favor of Peter Budaj. Price left at the end of the second period after allowing six goals on 29 shots.
Montreal’s Ryan White was ejected in the first period for a direct hit to the head of defenseman Kent Huskins.
BLACKHAWKS 5, STARS 2
CHICAGO — Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it, and the Blackhawks went on to beat the Stars for their sixth straight win.
Jonathan Toews netted his team-leading 21st goal, and Viktor Stalberg also scored for NHL-leading Chicago, which has points in nine consecutive games (8-0-1). Ray Emery made 16 saves and improved to 16-1.
Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars, whose five-game winning streak ended. They got even after falling behind 2-0. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury.
Bachman has been in goal since relieving Lehtonen in the first period of the Stars’ 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The Stars remained in ninth place in the Western Conference, two points below the postseason cutoff with six games remaining.
CANUCKS 5, PREDATORS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ryan Kesler scored two goals and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves to lead Vancouver over Nashville.
Derek Roy, Jason Garrison, and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver, which has won five of six. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen each had a pair of assists.
Nick Spaling and Bobby Butler scored for the Predators, who were eliminated from postseason contention with their franchise-record seventh straight loss and 10th in 11 games. They had qualified for the playoffs in seven of eight years.MORE IN Sports WireMEMPHIS, Tenn. Full Story
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