Belief restored? Leafs win sixth consecutive game

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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.