Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mason Raymond tallied a pair of goals as the
Toronto Maple Leafs stayed hot with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Air
Raymond scored his first of the game in the second period and added a late
empty-netter for Toronto, which won its third straight game. Tyler Bozak and
Trevor Smith also scored in the victory.
"It was tough, they're a good team," said Bozak. "They play hard, they don't
give you much out there. We found a way to get it done, and that's the most
James Reimer, making his first appearance in goal after he was pulled for
Jonathan Bernier in the second period of a win over Ottawa on Oct. 5, stood
tall between the pipes, stopping 37-of-38 shots.
"You want contribution from everybody all over the ice," said Raymond. Reims
tonight was huge. From our standpoint, we didn't have the best game ever,
didn't have a lot of shots on net, but at the end of the day we found a way to
Jason Pominville scored the lone goal for the Wild, who lost in regulation for
just the second time this season. Minnesota out-shot the Leafs, 37-14.
"We can't dwell on it," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "When you're getting
chances, you're doing good things. When you're doing good things, you'll get
Darcy Kuemper allowed three goals on seven shots before giving way to Josh
Harding, who turned away all six shots he faced.
Terrific puck movement on an early power-play led to the first goal of the
game. Toronto charged down the ice on the man-advantage with Phil Kessel, who
fired a cross-ice pass to Cody Franson. Franson controlled and slid a pass to
a crashing Dave Bolland, who dropped it off to Bozak for the one-timer goal.
Toronto added a second goal at the 13:51 mark of the first period. Morgan
Reilly zipped a pass from his own zone to a streaking Smith, who controlled
the puck and aimed a wrister that trickled through Kuemper's five-hole and
into the goal.
Minnesota cut the deficit in half with a tally late in the first. Pominville,
who scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Monday, batted home
his own rebound from point blank range with 2:33 left.
Raymond scored the only goal of the second period when he collected a pass
from Nazem Kadri and made a nifty move before sneaking a shot past Kuemper.
Harding then replaced the young Canadian in net.
The Wild had opportunities to get back in the game in the third period, but
Reimer stopped all 14 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. Raymond's empty-
netter at the 19:01 mark put it away.
The Leafs became the first team in the NHL to reach six wins this season ...
Toronto has won eight of 11 all-time meetings with the Wild, and have taken
six of seven in Toronto ... Smith scored his first goal since 2011-12 ...
Reilly and Franson each had a pair of assists.
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