Patrik Elias’ 400th career NHL goal stood to be the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils stretched their win streak to three games with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night.
With the loss, the Leafs’ winless streak is now at 11 games. Toronto is 0-10-1 in during the skid. Since concluding their six-game win streak on Dec. 16, the Leafs are 3-18-1.
“It’s tough. You always want to try to stay positive,” said Tyler Bozak, who had the lone Leafs’ goal. “When things are going like this it’s hard to stay positive but we need everyone to be leaders and try to be as positive as we can and get out of this.”
Tuomo Ruutu, Steve Bernier and Jaromir Jagr had the other goals for the Devils. Bernier now has seven points in his last eight games. Ruutu’s goal snapped a 27-game drought.
Cory Schneider made 33 saves to improve to 19-19-5 on the season.
New Jersey now has points in a season-high six straight games (5-0-1) and in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2).
“It’s definitely testing,” said Leafs’ defenseman, Cody Franson. “It’s testing our character in our room. It’s testing the way we handle adversity. It’s been a frustrating process.”
James Reimer made 13 saves in the loss and saw his record drop to 6-11-0 on the season.
With the win, the Devils sweep the season series with the Leafs (3-0-0).