TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle lightened the mood during the second intermission of his club's scoreless deadlock with the New Jersey Devils.
James Reimer made 31 saves, and Phil Kessel snapped a tie late in the third period to lift the Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory over the Devils on Monday night, despite recording only 12 shots (see full recap).
Big third period lifts Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Chicago's Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it, and the Blackhawks went on to beat the Stars 5-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight win.
Jonathan Toews netted his team-leading 21st goal, and Viktor Stalberg also scored for NHL-leading Chicago, which has points in nine consecutive games (8-0-1). Ray Emery made 16 saves and improved to 16-1.
Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars, whose five-game winning streak ended. They got even after falling behind 2-0. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury (see full recap).
Canucks stay hot, top Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Kesler scored two goals and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.
Derek Roy, Jason Garrison, and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver, which has won five of its past six.
Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen each had a pair of assists (see full recap).