Devils de­mol­ished by Tavares, Leafs

New York Daily News - - SPORTS -

John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the sea­son, Patrick Mar­leau had his 600th NHL as­sist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Fri­day night.

Nazem Kadri, Con­nor Brown, An­dreas Johns­son, Mor­gan Rielly and Tyler En­nis also scored, and Fred­erik An­der­sen made 38 saves. Toronto im­proved to 11-5-0 with its third straight vic­tory.

Mar­leau was in­volved in Kadri's goal, be­com­ing the 88th NHL player to reach the 600 as­sist mile­stone. The only other ac­tive player with 600 as­sists is San Jose's Joe Thorn­ton with 1,032. Mar­leau scored on a late tip but the goal was waved off af­ter re­view be­cause of a high stick.

Travis Za­jac scored for New Jersey. Play­ing the sixth game on a seven-game trip, the Devils have won just two of their last 10 games. They are 1-5 on the trip and have been outscored 29-15.

The game was part of the lead up to the Hockey Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­monies Mon­day night. En­ter­ing the Hall are for­mer New Jersey goalie Mar­tin Brodeur, Mar­tin St. Louis, Alexan­der Yaku­shev and Jayna Hef­ford in the play­ers' cat­e­gory, and NHL Com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman and Wil­lie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL, in the builders cat­e­gory.

The six in­ductees were hon­ored prior to the game as the Leafs and Devils starters watched from chairs on the ice.

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