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Maple Leafs snap Devils win streak, Matt Murray makes 34 saves


NEWARK — Matt Murray made 34 saves and the Devils’ franchise-record tying 13-game profitable streak got here to finish Wednesday evening because the Toronto Maple Leafs gained 2-1 in a recreation wherein New Jersey had three targets disallowed.

John Tavares and Pontus Holmberg scored first-period targets as Toronto turned the primary crew to beat the Devils (16-4) since Washington knocked them off on Oct. 24.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored an excellent purpose on a tip in entrance with 5:08 to play to convey the sellout crowd on the Prudential Middle again into the sport.

Murray made a half-dozen saves within the remaining minutes, stopping Jesper Bratt, Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier twice on good possibilities to protect the win.

The Devils’ profitable streak tied for the fifth-longest in NHL historical past and was 4 video games shy of the report set by Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993. New Jersey’s different 13-game run was in 2001.

The Devils didn’t have any luck in opposition to Toronto, additionally hitting two purpose posts. They’d targets by Nate Bastian and Damon Severson waved off within the first and second durations, respectively, for goaltender interference. A brief-handed tally by Erik Haula was overruled by officers as a result of he kicked the puck into the web. The very fact the puck hit off the stake off a Maple Leafs’ participant didn’t alter the ruling.

Murray was excellent, notably within the remaining 40 minutes, stopping 29 of 30 pictures.

Mitch Marner did all of the work in establishing Tavares’ twelfth purpose of the season. He outworked Hamilton and Jonas Siegenthaler alongside the boards and behind the web and located the Maple Leafs captain in entrance for a fast shot that beat Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek at 11:41.

Lower than three minutes later, Maple Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin closed from the purpose to maintain the puck within the Devils zone. It slid to Holmberg and he beat Vanecek for his first NHL purpose at 14:03.

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New Jersey had outscored opponents 56-24 within the 13-game run, averaging 4.31 targets and 35 pictures.

With Morgan Reilly out with a knee damage, Toronto acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday for ahead Curtis Douglas.

Timmons had no factors in two video games with the Coyotes this season. The 24-year-old has seven assists in 41 regular-season video games for the Avalanche and Coyotes and no factors in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff video games.

Douglas, 22, was a fourth-round choose (No. 106) by the Dallas Stars within the 2018 NHL Draft. He had 34 factors (13 targets, 21 assists) in 67 video games final season with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Defenseman Mac Hollowell, who was recalled from Toronto of the AHL Tuesday, made his NHL debut. Victor Mete was additionally recalled from the Marlies however didn’t play.

Maple Leafs: At Minnesota on Friday afternoon within the second of a four-game journey.

Devils: At Buffalo on Friday evening.

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