Belief restored? Leafs win sixth consecutive game


The Toronto Maple Leafs won their sixth game in a row on Tuesday as they beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.

That’s their first six-game winning streak since January 2006, according to The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle. The Maple Leafs also ruined Semyon Varlamov’s bid to set an Avalanche franchise record for consecutive games started without a regulation loss; in fact, they managed to get Varlamov pulled from the Avs net as they scored three goals on 10 shots against the Russian standout.

Phil Kessel and Nathan MacKinnon continued their impressive respective work, as both forwards enjoyed two-goal nights. (More on Kessel’s near-mutant work here.)

James Reimer continues to be mostly sharp in his rare opportunities to get starts instead of Jonathan Bernier, as Reimer stopped 35 out of 37 shots for his 10th win of the season.

The Maple Leafs improved to 27-20-5 on the season as they finish the week with two more road games against West teams. Colorado saw a four-game winning streak end as they fell to 31-13-5 in 2013-14.

Sharks send three to AHL; still waiting on Torres suspension

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The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.

Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.

Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.

Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.

Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.

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Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.