Toronto 5, New Jersey 3

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 8-3-1-0 5-0-1-0 3-3-0-0 W1
New Jersey 4-5-0-1 2-2-0-1 2-3-0-0 L3


Joffrey Lupul scored three goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Martin Brodeur's return to the lineup, defeating the host New Jersey Devils 5-3 Wednesday night.

Brodeur, who had missed the previous seven games with a shoulder injury, looked nothing like a future Hall of Famer. The 39-year-old allowed five goals on the first 16 shots he faced to fall to 0-2-0 on the season.

With the score tied 2-2 early in the second period, Lupul gave Toronto its third lead at 6:31. Mike Komisarek's original shot was kicked out by Brodeur and went straight to Lupul, who shot into a wide-open net for his sixth goal of the year.

After David Clarkson drew the Devils even less than two minutes later, Lupul struck again at 9:45. His shot from in close deflected off the stick of a New Jersey defender and fooled Brodeur, giving Toronto a fourth one-goal advantage.

Lupul completed his first hat trick since December 2007 in style, banging home his own rebound after a nice centering pass from Mikhail Grabovski at 13:13. It marked the fifth time in his career that Brodeur has allowed five or more goals to the Maple Leafs.

Joey Crabb and Grabovski had Toronto's other goals, while Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias countered for the Devils.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   New Jersey
Joffrey Lupul 3 Points David Clarkson 1
Joffrey Lupul 3 Goals David Clarkson 1
Tim Connolly 2 Assists Adam Henrique 1
N/A Power Play Goals Patrik Elias 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonas Gustavsson .864 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .783
Jonas Gustavsson 19 Saves Martin Brodeur 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 23 5 0-2 0-2 14 30
New Jersey 22 3 2-2 2-2 14 18

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Devils have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .429 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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