The Minnesota Wild won the puck-possession battle, but the Toronto Maple Leafs won the game.
Outshot badly Tuesday night, the Leafs managed to generate some opportunistic offence in a 4-1 victory at Air Canada Centre, their third straight.
Winning without the substantive play to back it up has become a familiar script for Toronto, which scored four goals on 14 shots. Goaltender James Reimer, who made a handful of vital stops to bail out teammates, frustrated Minnesota by making 37 saves on 38 shots.
The Leafs improved to 6-1, continuing their best start since 1993, when they opened with 10 straight wins.
Thanks to a barrage of penalties, the Wild spent more than a quarter of the first period on the power play. That meant Reimer faced a shooting gallery and was by far the Leafs' best penalty-killer.
At the other end of the ice, Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper struggled with little action.