EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Igor Korolev and Garry Valk scored third-period goals 17 seconds apart and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated New Jersey 3-1 on Friday night, extending the Devils’ winless streak to five, their longest since 1995.
Curtis Joseph had 30 saves as the Maple Leafs won for only the second time in their last eight games (2-5-1) and remained unbeaten against New Jersey this season (2-0-1).
The loss was the fourth straight for New Jersey (0-4-1). The last time it lost that many in a row or was winless this long was in a six-game streak in November 1995. The Devils’ frustration showed at the final buzzer as the teams got into a shoving match in front of the Toronto bench.
The only goal Joseph gave up was by Patrik Elias with the Devils enjoying a two-man power play.
However, the Maple Leafs broke the game open with the Devils on a power play, with Korolev and Valk coming within a second of both scoring short-handed goals.
The Devils were on a power play when Korolev snapped a 1-1 tie at 6:50 of the third period.
Korolev made the play at both ends of the ice. He knocked down Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer during a battle along the boards, setting up a 3-on-2 break. Passes went from Korolev to Dmitry Yushkevich to Tomas Kaberle back to Yushkevich back to Korolev, who beat Terreri from the right circle.
Valk got his eighth goal by blocking a shot by New Jersey defenseman Sheldon Souray and beating Terreri on a breakaway just as Darcy Tucker was stepping back on the ice after a hooking penalty.
Elias tied the game 1-1 at 12:04 of the second period as the Devils capitalized on a couple of Maple Leafs mistakes on and off the ice.
The first error came when someone on the Toronto bench said a little too much to referee Mark Faucette and picked up a bench minor. The Maple Leafs killed off all but 20 seconds of that penalty when Tucker took a boarding penalty, creating a two-man advantage.
Thirteen seconds later, Elias got his 26th goal, taking a nice cross ice pass from Petr Sykora and beating Joseph under the crossbar.
After failing to convert on five power plays and 15 shots against Terreri in a scoreless first period, Toronto needed only 2:18 to get on the scoreboard in the second. Yanic Perreault got the goal on a quick rush, putting in the rebound of a shot by Tucker.