NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto
(Thursday, March 18th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Nikolai Kulemin scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.
After each team got a goal in the first round, Kulemin buried a wrister in the back of the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere then made a right pad save on Patrik Elias' low shot and John Mitchell sealed the win as he slammed on the brakes in front and snuck a backhand past Yann Danis.
"They're a very patient team. Every time you make a mistake they try and make you pay for it," Giguere said. "I thought tonight, for being a young team and them being an older team, I thought we were very patient."
Phil Kessel had a goal while Giguere made 24 stops for the Maple Leafs, who have won five of their last six, but still sit in the basement in the Eastern Conference.
David Clarkson had a goal and Danis made 25 saves for the Devils, who had won four of five coming in and sit one point behind Pittsburgh for top spot in the Atlantic Division with the defeat beyond regulation.
"We just didn't play a full 60 minutes," Clarkson said. "That's a hard-working team over there. Every time we play them, they come out hard and we let two points get away from us."
Toronto got a goal with 1:06 left in the first period as Kessel's snap shot got past Danis for his 27th goal of the season.
The Devils tied the game with 4:14 left in the second period. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond used good work along the left boards to get the puck away from two Maple Leafs and flung it out front for Clarkson, who wristed it home.
Giguere made 11 stops in the third period and wasn't tested in overtime while Danis stopped eight shots over the third and overtime to force the shootout.
The Maple Leafs have won four straight at home...New Jersey hosts St. Louis on Saturday...Toronto hosts Montreal on Saturday...Each team won twice in the season series.
03/18 23:38:11 ET