Leafs Dealt Another Loss By Devils

The Canadian Press | Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:56 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (CP) – Patrik Elias scored his 400th career goal and the New Jersey Devils sent the Toronto Maple Leafs to a franchise-record 11th straight loss, 4-1 Friday night.

Cory Schneider had 33 saves, giving up a third-period power-play goal to Tyler Bozak. Tuomo Ruutu, Steve Bernier and Jaromir Jagr also scored as the streaking Devils won their third straight for the first time since the start of the season and improved to 8-2-2 in the last dozen games.

The Maple Leafs' skid breaks the old mark set by the 1966-67 team. That group rebounded with a 10-game unbeaten streak (eight wins, two ties) and won the Stanley Cup, the last time Toronto was in a Cup final.

The Maple Leafs will have a chance to end the streak Saturday against Edmonton, the NHL's second-worst team.

Elias, who has spent his entire 17-year NHL career with the Devils, became the 91st player in league history to score 400 goals with a shot from inside the right circle early in the second period off a nice pass by Travis Zajac. It came less than a minute after Elias hit the post.

Ruutu had given the Devils the lead midway through the first period, aided by a lucky bounce off the boards behind the net. Ruutu made a cross-ice pass to Mark Fraser at the left point, but Fraser's shot was wide of the net. The puck came out the right side and Ruutu slid the puck in off the skate of goaltender James Reimer, who could not get to the goal post quick enough.

Bernier extended the lead to 3-0 later in the second period with his sixth goal in eight games. Reimer made a pad save on a shot by Adam Larsson from the right point, but the rebound hit the back of Bernier's skate and went into the net.

Until Bozak scored with 8:09 left in regulation, the closest the Maple Leafs came was a shot off the crossbar by former Devil David Clarkson in the first period.

Bozak got his 15th by tapping the rebound of Phil Kessel's shot into an open net. Kessel's shot hit off the crossbar and the Devils seemed to stop playing, thinking the shot went in the net.

Jagr scored into an empty net for his 716th career goal, one behind Phil Esposito for fifth in NHL history.

NOTES: Devils F Adam Henrique celebrated his 25th birthday. ...Kessel was lucky not to be cut when hit in the face by the stick of Toronto D Cody Franson in a first-period scramble in front of the Leafs net. ...Toronto D Dion Phaneuf missed his fifth straight game with an upper-body injury. ...Devils RW Michael Ryder has been a healthy scratch for five straight games. ...New Jersey was 4-0-1 on the just completed five-game homestand.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:32NJD Tuomo Ruutu (6) ASST: Mark Fraser (2), Jordin Tootoo (1) 1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
01:23NJD Patrik Elias (7) ASST: Travis Zajac (9), Jon Merrill (9) 2 - 0 NJD
13:31NJD Steve Bernier (9) ASST: Adam Larsson (9), Scott Gomez (14) 3 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
11:51TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (15) ASST: Phil Kessel (26), Jake Gardiner (10) 3 - 1 NJD
17:15NJD Jaromir Jagr (11) ASST: Adam Larsson (10) 4 - 1 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Patrik Elias
Patrik Elias
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:57
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 34TOI: 59:55
GA: 1EV: 30-30
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Scott Gomez
Scott Gomez
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
18:38TOR Peter Holland  Boarding against  Peter Harrold
3rd Period
07:34TOR David Clarkson  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tuomo Ruutu
07:34NJD Tuomo Ruutu  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  David Clarkson
07:42NJD Travis Zajac  Interference on goalkeeper against  James Reimer
10:21NJD Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/20/1
Faceoff Wins2223
Blocked Shots28
Penalty Minutes46
4C. FransonD00-12020:59
12S. RobidasD0000016:22
18R. PanikL00-11013:43
19J. LupulL00-12016:16
20D. BoothL00-17014:56
21J. van RiemsdykL00-14016:46
24P. HollandC00-12212:01
25M. SantorelliC00-13017:10
26D. WinnikL00-11017:00
42T. BozakC10-11014:49
43N. KadriC00-14016:29
44M. RiellyD00-32021:26
46R. PolakD00-30018:53
47L. KomarovC00-11011:14
51J. GardinerD01-12023:18
55K. HolzerD0000016:17
71D. ClarksonR00-11211:06
81P. KesselR01-11017:15
34J. Reimer1317.76560:00
2M. ZidlickyD0012221:10
5A. LarssonD0221023:18
6A. GreeneD0010021:02
7J. MerrillD0120023:13
8D. ZubrusC0010016:13
9M. HavlatR0011014:19
10P. HarroldD0010014:42
14A. HenriqueC0011017:33
15T. RuutuL101129:24
16J. JosefsonC001209:45
18S. BernierR1012015:46
19T. ZajacC0110216:52
20J. TootooR011009:33
21S. GomezC0112016:09
23M. CammalleriL0012015:53
26P. EliasC1011017:57
32M. FraserD0110014:54
68J. JagrR1012016:45
35C. Schneider3334.97159:55