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    NHL roundup: Kadri stays hot as Leafs defeat Devils

    Nazem Kadri (43) leads the Leafs with 23 points in 23 games.
    Nazem Kadri (43) leads the Leafs with 23 points in 23 games.

    Nazem Kadri continued his points streak Monday with a goal and an assist in the Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils in Toronto.

    Clarke MacArthur, Jay McClement, and Phil Kessel scored in the third period for Toronto. Kadri connected in the first period and assisted on MacArthur’s goal to earn points in his fifth straight game.

    The 22-year-old Kadri leads the Leafs with 23 points in 23 games.


    James Reimer, making his first appearance at Air Canada Centre since Feb. 11 after a knee ligament strain, made 28 saves for the win.

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    Marek Zidlicky scored twice for New Jersey, which hasn’t won in five games. Ryan Carter assisted on both goals and Johan Hedberg stopped 19 shots for the Devils.

    Toronto trailed, 2-1, after the second intermission, but McClement tied it 39 seconds into the third period. He intercepted Patrik Elias’s pass deep in the Devils zone and deked Hedberg, putting the puck on his backhand and past the goaltender.

    MacArthur gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal, sending his own rebound between Hedberg’s legs after the Devils’ Andrei Loktionov took a tripping penalty.

    Kadri earned his team-best 14th assist on the play.


    Kessel clinched it 2:30 later, scoring his fifth of the season.

    Penguins 4, Lightning 3 — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored less than two minutes apart in the third period as host Pittsburgh rallied past Tampa Bay.

    Chris Kunitz added his 12th of the season for Pittsburgh and James Neal scored an empty-net goal in the final minute as the Penguins sent the Lightning to their fifth straight loss.

    Malkin, making his return after missing four games because of a concussion, tied it 5:38 into the third period on a pretty breakaway.

    Crosby put Pittsburgh in front moments later with a slap shot from the slot that zipped past Anders Lindback and into the net.


    Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored twice to push his league-leading total to 17.

    Coyotes 5, Ducks 4 — Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Mike Smith stopped Bobby Ryan to help host Phoenix beat Anaheim.

    Andrew Vermette, Shane Doan, Matthew Lombardi, and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes in regulation. Phoenix also beat the Pacific Division-leading Ducks in a shootout Saturday night.

    Kings 5, Predators 1 — Jeff Carter had a hat trick as host Los Angeles scored four times in the third period to race past Nashville.