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Kessel, Winnik stoke Leafs' win over Columbus
(L-R) Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel, right, registered his fifth multi-point game of the season.
Columbus, OH ( - Phil Kessel and Daniel Winnik both had a one and two assists, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

David Clarkson and Nazem Kadri also scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row and three of their last four games.

"We're feeling good, but the season is full of peaks and valleys," said Winnik, who played in his 500th career game.  Full Story

Josefson delivers on 'Devil's Night'
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - In a fitting twist of fate, the New Jersey Devils finally ended their NHL record run of shootout losses on Oct. 30, or as some folks call it, "Devil's Night."

One night before Halloween, Jacob Josefson ended the Devils' string of 18 consecutive shootout losses, beating Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec with a head fake for New Jersey's first SO win since March 10, 2013, also against the Jets.

The Devils always tried to downplay the shootout skid, but it was obvious a weight was lifted off their shoulders on Thursday. Besides, New Jersey knows first-hand how important shootouts can be over the course of a season, even if it pretends they're insignificant.  Full Story