Toronto 4, New Jersey 3

Friday, March 23, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 33-34-4-4 16-14-3-3 17-20-1-1 W1
New Jersey 42-27-2-4 20-13-0-4 22-14-2-0 L1


Nazem Kadri scored in regulation and added the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout as Toronto squandered a two-goal lead in the third period before recording its fifth win in 22 games.

Tyler Bozak and former Devil David Steckel also tallied while James Reimer made 43 saves for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 5-1-3 in their last nine meetings with New Jersey.

Each team converted its first two shootout attempts before Patrik Elias shot the puck right into Reimer's right pad on New Jersey's third chance. Kadri then made a brilliant backhand deke before sliding the puck around Martin Brodeur's right leg for the winner.

After a scoreless first period, Bozak and Kadri scored 69 seconds apart in the latter half of the second to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. New Jersey halved the deficit with 63 seconds remaining in the session as Jacob Josefson beat Reimer with a wrist shot for his first tally since Mar. 30, 2011.

Steckel restored the two-goal advantage for the Maple Leafs midway through the third with his eighth goal. But captain Zach Parise scored for the first time in six games 92 seconds later and rookie Adam Henrique ended his 17-game drought with 4:42 left by tipping defenseman Andy Greene's blast from the left point past Reimer, tying the contest.

Brodeur stopped 14 shots for the Devils, who climbed within four points of idle Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has lost four of its last six contests.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Toronto right wing Ryan Hamilton made his NHL debut and notched his first career point with an assist on Kadri's goal. ... The Maple Leafs registered only three shots in the third period and were stonewalled in overtime. They were outshot by a 46-17 margin overall. ... New Jersey scored more than two goals for the first time in six contests. ... Toronto improved to 4-6-1 under new coach Randy Carlyle.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   New Jersey
Tyler Bozak 1 Points Adam Henrique 1
Tyler Bozak 1 Goals Adam Henrique 1
Tim Connolly 1 Assists David Clarkson 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
James Reimer .935 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .824
James Reimer 43 Saves Martin Brodeur 14

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 17 4 0-0 2-2 4 29
New Jersey 46 3 0-2 0-0 0 27

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Devils have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .562 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .442 after a loss.
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