NHL Wrap: JVR delivers in shootout for Leafs

NHL Wrap: JVR delivers in shootout for Leafs
November 9, 2013, 12:00 am
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James van Riemsdyk celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winner in a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils. (USA Today Images)

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

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 Bernier bested Michael Ryder and Travis Zajac had Bernier beat but hit the post. Bernier had 34 saves through the overtime.

Schneider made a great save on Kessel on a Leafs 3-on-1 in an exciting overtime to help force the shootout. Schneider finished with 27 saves.

Kessel scored on the power play at 8:12 of the third period to open the scoring.

It was a marvellous solo rush for the Maple Leafs' forward who skated through past Devils players before beating Schneider between the legs. Kessel's 10th goal of the season ended Toronto's scoreless stretch of almost 110 minutes (see full recap).

Pavelec, Jets shut out Predators
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves and Bryan Little scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 on Friday night.

Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Winnipeg, which won for just the second time in six games. Andrew Ladd, playing in his 550th NHL game, and Blake Wheeler each had two assists and Jokinen had one.

Little, Jokinen and Byfuglien each scored in the first 8:23 of the game, and Setoguchi made it 4-0 with 3:15 remaining in the first period. It was the most goals the Jets have scored in a period since March 1, 2012, when they had five against Florida.

Byfuglien's goal sent goalie Carter Hutton to the bench after he stopped just five of the eight shots he faced over nearly 8 minutes. Marek Mazanec, making his NHL debut after being called up from Milwaukee of the AHL on Nov. 5, turned aside 21 of the 23 shots he faced.

Little added his second goal of the game, and 10th of the season, midway through the third period (see full recap).

Behind Giguere, Avalanche handle Flames
DENVER -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots, Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny had goals and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night.

John Mitchell and Matt Duchene also scored for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche joined the 1995 Quebec Nordiques for the best 15-game start in franchise history. Colorado (13-2) needed 29 games to earn 26 points in last year's lockout shortened season.

Mike Cammalleri had two goals and Mikael Backlund had two assists for Calgary, which has dropped seven of nine. Goalie Karri Ramo made 23 saves for the Flames (see full recap)