NHL roundup: Phil Kessel nets two in Leafs’ victory

Toronto’s Trevor Smith celebrates his first-period goal against the Islanders.
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Toronto’s Trevor Smith celebrates his first-period goal against the Islanders.

Phil Kessel and David Clarkson ended their slumps for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Clarkson scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf and host Toronto beat the New York Islanders, 5-2, for its second win in a row.

The 29-year-old signed with the Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and was unable to score in his first 11 games with the team.


Kessel also broke out of a mini-slump, scoring a pair of goals. They were Kessel’s first goals in five games. He had just one point in his past seven.

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Trevor Smith had his first multi-point effort of his NHL career, scoring the first goal of the game for the Maple Leafs just 22 seconds in and adding a pair of assists for a 3-point game.

Canadiens 6, Wild 2 — In Montreal, Max Pacioretty had a natural hat trick in the second period as the Canadiens defeated the Wild.

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere, and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who managed only 18 goals in their previous 11 games.

Oilers 7, Blue Jackets 0 — David Perron had a career-high 4 points with two goals and two assists as Edmonton routed visiting Columbus.


Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk only needed 14 saves to record his first shutout of the season.

Flyers 5, Senators 2 — Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists and Steve Mason made 32 saves for host Philadelphia.

Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, and Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers, who are 4-0-1 in the last five games after a 4-10-1 start.

Blues 4, Sabres 1 — Brenden Morrow scored twice and St. Louis continued its mastery of host Buffalo. Vladimir Tarasenko and Magnus Paajarvi also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for the Blues, who have won 13 of 15 games against Buffalo since 1999.

Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 1 — Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for host Colorado. Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during Colorado’s three-goal first period.


P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado.

Predators 2, Red Wings 0 — Rookie Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout and visiting Nashville extended Detroit’s skid to seven games. Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville.

Panthers 3, Canucks 2 — Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift visiting Florida over Vancouver, which lost its fifth straight.

Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes had the goals for Florida, which got 27 saves from Tim Thomas.

Kings 5, Lightning 2 — Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Scrivens extended his winning streak to four games with 19 saves for host Los Angeles.