Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14

MONTREAL , QC - JUNE 26: Nazem Kadri poses for a portrait after being selected seventh overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have their budding star to thank for pulling them out of their season-worst slump. Now, they look for him to keep pushing the club toward its first playoff appearance in nearly a decade. Toronto hopes Nazem Kadri can continue his stellar play on Thursday night as the Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres, a team who may be without its own top scorer as it still searches for more consistency. The Maple Leafs (16-12-2) were stuck in a season-long five-game losing streak prior to Wednesday's 4-2 home victory over Tampa Bay - and it was the 22-year-old Kadri stealing the show as he matched a career best with three assists. Kadri, who leads the team with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists, has left coach Randy Carlyle with little choice but to pit his line against the opponent's top unit each night. "We're going to test Kadri against the best players," Carlyle said. "He wants that, he cherishes it and tonight it worked for him." It doesn't get much better th...
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