TORONTO (AP) — James Reimer made 31 saves, and Phil Kessel snapped a scoreless tie late in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, despite recording only 12 shots.
Kessel broke the deadlock with a power-play goal at 13:28 of the third, and Jay McClement scored into an empty net with 36.6 seconds remaining to back Reimer’s third shutout of the season.
Toronto (24-14-5), aiming for its first postseason berth since 2004, is 9-1-4 in its past 14 games.
The Devils (15-17-10) lost for the 10th straight time (0-6-4) and were blanked for a second consecutive game. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champion, is in 11th place — six points below the postseason cutoff with only six games left.
FLYERS 7, CANADIENS 3
MONTREAL (AP) — Scott Hartnell scored three goals and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Montreal.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.
Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining.
Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (26-10-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a playoff spot on Thursday.