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Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Jets
Phil Kessel scored his first goal of the season late in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday.
Tyler Bozak scored short-handed and Matt Frattin added a goal for the Leafs, who won their second straight of a three-game road trip.
Kessel's goal ended a frustrating drought for the top-line winger who had 37 goals last season.
Zach Redmond and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets, who have lost four of their past five games.
Redmond scored his first NHL goal at 3:32 of the second period on a 2-on-1 short-handed breakaway initiated by Bryan Little, who sent him a cross-ice pass that the rookie fired past James Reimer's glove hand.
Dion Phaneuf was the only Leafs player between the two Jets and Toronto's goaltender.
However, a mistake by Jets defenseman Paul Postma handed Bozak a short-handed chance that he converted past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec to tie it at 1-1 at 6:21 of the second.
Ladd tipped in a Grant Clitsome slap shot from just inside the blue line to put the Jets ahead at 3:46 in the third.
Cody Franson fired a shot that Frattin got credit for as the puck glanced off him past Pavelec to tie the game at 14:58.
Kessel popped in Bozak's drop pass at 15:52 after the Jets took a holding penalty.
Pavelec stopped 15 shots while Reimer made 23 saves.
The Jets went 0 for 4 on the power play.
Note: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom extended his point streak to eight games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are optimistic after Phil Kessel snapped a lengthy goal drought and ended another for the team's power play.
The Maple Leafs' recent results in Montreal could provide another reason for encouragement.
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James Reimer made 37 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 on Saturday.
Leo Komarov added his first NHL goal 59 seconds into the game.
Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Kessel added second-period goals.
Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf scored in the third for Toronto...