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Maple Leafs explode

Six-goal second buries Thrashers

Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin celebrates his second-period goal with Mikhail Grabovski. Both Maple Leafs had two goals. Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin celebrates his second-period goal with Mikhail Grabovski. Both Maple Leafs had two goals. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)
Associated Press / January 8, 2011

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Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, and Clarke MacArthur each scored two goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 9-3 rout of the Thrashers last night in Atlanta. Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong, and Phil Kessel each added a goal for the Maple Leafs, who scored nine straight — including six goals in the second period.

James Reimer made 41 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had six goals in a span of 7:43 of the second period. Toronto had a 2-1 lead before the barrage started with Armstrong’s goal at 12:06.

Ben Eager was ejected and given a match penalty in the second period for intent to injure Armstrong, a former Thrashers forward. That led to power-play goals by Kulemin, two by MacArthur, and another by Kessel.

Blackhawks 3, Senators 2 — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored on host Chicago’s first two attempts in the shootout, and the Blackhawks recovered after losing a late lead to beat Ottawa.

Toews and Kane scored against Brian Elliott in the tiebreaker. Chicago rookie Corey Crawford stopped Alex Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson to win it.

Kane also scored in regulation and Patrick Sharp added his 24th goal for Chicago.

Rangers 3, Stars 2 — Mats Zuccarello scored in the second round of the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist was perfect in the tiebreaker to lift New York over host Dallas.

Zuccarello beat Kari Lehtonen with a hesitation move, while Lundqvist denied Dallas’s Jamie Benn, Brad Richards, and Mike Ribeiro in the shootout. Lundqvist made 28 saves.

Lundqvist earned an assist on Artem Anisimov’s goal, his second in two games and third this season.

Red Wings 5, Flames 4 — Brian Rafalski scored his first two goals of the season, and Todd Bertuzzi had the only tally in the shootout as visiting Detroit rallied to beat Calgary.

Facing former teammate Miikka Kiprusoff, Bertuzzi beat the goalie with a nifty deke to his backhand. Jimmy Howard made shootout stops against Alex Tanguay and Nicklas Hagman. On Calgary’s final chance, Rene Bourque missed the net.

Canucks 6, Oilers 1 — Ryan Kesler had three goals and Daniel Sedin added two goals and an assist to help host Vancouver extend its winning streak to eight games.

Kesler completed his second career hat trick — the first was in mid-December — with deflection goals in the third period as Vancouver set a franchise record by going unbeaten in regulation for 15 games (13-0-2).

Hurricanes 5, Panthers 3 — Eric Staal broke a tie 9:34 into the third period with his 20th goal of the season, and visiting Carolina beat Florida.

Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist for Carolina. Erik Cole also had two goals, including an empty-netter. Justin Peters stopped 32 shots for Carolina. Marty Reasoner scored twice for Florida.

Ducks 6, Blue Jackets 0 — Teemu Selanne scored host Anaheim’s first two goals on power plays, Bobby Ryan added a pair of third-period goals, and Jonas Hiller posted his ninth NHL shutout in a rout of Columbus.

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