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Russell hands Maple Leafs winner in 6-4 victory over Oilers

Russell hands Maple Leafs winner in 6-4 victory over Oilers”

2, Toronto, Moore 4, 5:55.

While the Maple Leafs offence has sputtered at times over their past five games, potting two or fewer goals in each of their three losses, the club has largely met the high expectations set after they took the heavily-favoured Washington Capitals to six games before falling in the first round of last spring's playoffs. A 2-6-0 run starting in late October briefly dropped the Maple Leafs off the pace, but with seven wins in its past 10 games, Toronto has rebounded to rejoin the Lightning as +800 Stanley Cup co-favourites.

Martin had a wide-open net to shoot into thanks to a slick cross-ice feed from Moore, and Nylander got the second assist for his second point of the game.

Edmonton made it a one-goal game again 6 1/2 minutes into the second period as Jujhar Khaira made a nice backhand feed from behind the net to Kassian, who scored his second of the season and second goal in as many games.

The Leafs were reeling as the period drew to a close, but an ill-considered penalty by Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba with 1:38 left before the second intermission gave Toronto their second power play.

Power-play opportunities_Toronto 0 of 2; Calgary 0 of 3.

With the Oilers tied 4-4 with the Toronto Maple Leafs after making a valiant comeback to turn a potential lost cause into a game, Kris Russell made the mistake of the season.

Toronto's Patrick Marleau was credited with the goal, however it's clear he didn't touch the puck as it flew past goalie Laurent Brossoit. It also brought the Oilers back even with Toronto, and it would spur Edmonton on to outshooting the Leafs 13-8 in the final 20 minutes and coming close to pulling out the win in front of their home fans.

Edmonton knotted it up again three minutes into the third as Russell scored on a blast from the point. They'll visit Calgary on Saturday.



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