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Maple Leafs defeat New Jersey Devils 2-1 in a shootout

Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the New Jersey Devils during third period NHL action in Toronto on Nov. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn.
Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the New Jersey Devils during third period NHL action in Toronto on Nov. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn.

TORONTO – James van Riemsdyk scored on a low wrist shot to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night in NHL play.

Cory Schneider stopped Toronto’s Mason Raymond and Phil Kessel before van Riemsdyk’s goal. Adam Henrique then fired wide for the Devils.

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan’s Bernier bested Michael Ryder. Travis Zajac had Bernier beat but hit the post.

Schneider made a great save on Kessel on a Leafs three-on-one in an exciting overtime to help force the shootout.

Kessel scored a beauty on the power play midway through the third period to open the scoring.

It was a marvellous solo rush for the Leafs sniper who skated through two Devils before beating Schneider between the legs at 8:12. Kessel’s 10th goal of the season ended a Toronto scoreless stretch of almost 110 minutes.

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