ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joffrey Lupul and Mikhail Grabovski each scored goals to get Toronto’s top two lines going and lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday over Minnesota, stretching the Wild’s winless streak to seven games.
Rookie goalie James Reimer posted his third career shutout and won his third straight start, improving to 7-0-1 in his last eight road games and helping Toronto keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
The 10th-place Maple Leafs, the NHL’s second-youngest team, are a long shot with eight games to go and eighth-place Buffalo still five points ahead. But they passed last year’s points total and raised their record after the All-Star break to 14-6-5, a sign of progress for general manager Brian Burke’s group.
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