Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 25th goal and Joffrey Lupul picked up three assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs snap a three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Nazem Kadri, Joey Crabb and Mikhail Grabovski also had goals for Toronto, which avoided its first four-game losing streak since last season.
That was more than enough offense for Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson, whose shutout bid ended when Nick Johnson scored with under 3 minutes remaining. Gustavsson finished with 20 saves.
The Wild, beset by injuries to captain Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse, fell to 2-10-3 since Dec. 17 - when they sat atop the NHL standings.
With Toronto stuck in its skid, coach Ron Wilson decided to split Kessel and Lupul for the first time this season and the line change paid immediate dividends when Kadri opened the scoring just 50 seconds in.
A healthy scratch for Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Ottawa, the rookie was inserted into the li...