Mar­leau col­lects 600th as­sist in win

The Mercury 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. BLUE JACK­ETS 2, CAP­I­TALS 1>> Colum­bus’ NHL-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 33 saves in a vic­tory over de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Wash­ing­ton. RED WINGS 3, RANGERS 2 OT >> Dy­lan Larkin scored with 5.1 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time, cap­ping an im­pres­sive late come­back by De­troit.

JETS 5, AVALANCHE 2 >> Blake Wheeler had an empty-net goal and four as­sists in the Jets’ vic­tory over Colorado.

WILD 5, DUCKS 1 >> Mikael Gran­lund had two goals and an as­sist as Min­nesota swept the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia part of its its road trip.

Min­nesota, which de­feated Los An­ge­les 4-1 on Thurs­day, had a 43-20 ad­van­tage in shots as it dom­i­nated through­out.

RASK TAKES LEAVE OF AB­SENCE FROM BRU­INS >> The Bos­ton Bru­ins say goal­tender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of ab­sence from the team for a per­sonal mat­ter.

The team didn’t of­fer an ex­pla­na­tion, but gen­eral man­ager Don Sweeney said shortly after the an­nounce­ment on Fri­day it was not health re­lated. He also asked for pri­vacy on be­half of Rask.

Rask has started only seven of the Bru­ins’ 15 games this sea­son.

Rask came on in re­lief in the Bru­ins’ 8-5 loss to the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Thurs­day night. Halak was pulled after al­low­ing five goals on 19 shots.

FRANK GUNN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Toronto cen­ter Pa­trick Mar­leau recorded his 600th ca­reer as­sist in Fri­day’s 6-1vic­tory over New Jer­sey.

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