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Leafs beat Coyotes to Cinch Five Game Winning Streak

Maple Leafs enjoy first five-game winning streak in seven years.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs had another big scoring night to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Monday for their first five-game winning streak in seven years.
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to six games for Toronto, which last won five straight from Jan. 27-Feb., 2007. Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and Carl Gunnarsson scored his first goal in nearly a year.
The Maple Leafs have 20 goals during their winning streak.
The Coyotes sent a flurry of shots at Bernier after falling behind 3-0 and matched a team record by scoring a power-play goal in eight straight games when Mike Ribeiro scored early in the third period.
Antoine Vermette also scored a short-handed goal for Phoenix, which had numerous near-misses.
The Maple Leafs ended a four-game losing streak by pouring in goals during their winning streak.
Toronto kept it rolling against the Coyotes, scoring two goals in 2:02 late in the first period.
After both teams traded good scoring chances, Gardiner scored by gathering a loose puck out front and beating Mike Smith from close range.
Phoenix defenceman Zbynek Michalek went to the penalty box for sending the puck over the glass in his own end and then Kessel capitalized on the ensuing power play, scoring his 24th of the season with help from a screen by James van Riemsdyk out front.
Gunnarsson made it 3-0 with his first goal since Jan. 24, 2013, controlling a pass from Dion Phaneuf with his foot and beating Smith to the stick side.
The first two periods were filled with near-misses for the Coyotes: Lauri Korpikoski hit the crossbar in the first period, Oliver Ekman-Larsson the post in the second and Shane Doan couldn't corral a stretch pass for a breakaway.
Phoenix had numerous other shots just miss the goal and Bernier made some spectacular saves, including a sliding stop on a one-time by Ekman-Larsson on a power play.
The Coyotes had 27 shots on goal and 16 other shots through the first two periods.
They finally broke through on a power play early in the third period, when Keith Yandle found Ribeiro at the side of the net and he knocked it in past Bernier.
The Coyotes had a slew of penalties after that and Kadri cashed in on the third one with his first goal in 12 games to put the Maple Leafs up 4-1.
Vermette scored Phoenix's first short-handed goal of the season after that.
Notes: Coyotes C Martin Hanzal, tied for the team lead with 14 goals, did not play and is listed day to day with a lower-body injury. ... Kessel and Coyotes RW David Moss, who are cousins, played against each other in the NHL for the eighth time. ... Toronto won at Phoenix for the first time since 2003, a span of four games. ... Yandle extended his points streak to four games with his assist on Ribeiro's goal.<

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  1. Peter posted on 01/21/2014 08:43 AM
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    * * * Stanley Cup is a Go * * *

    Now everyone who wear a Leafs jacket won't be so embarrassed.
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