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TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in just under five minutes in the third period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Saturday to extend their home winning streak to seven games.

It was the seventh loss in a row for the Canucks, who lost all five games of their trip that led into the break for the Winter Olympics. The Maple Leafs also snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Canucks.

Left winger Mason Raymond, right winger Phil Kessel and left winger James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs (32-22-6). Center Tyler Bozak added two assists to give him 101 for his career.

Center Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver (27-24-9).

The Maple Leafs' last win over the Canucks was Nov. 24, 2003. The Canucks defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0 in the other meeting between the teams this season Nov. 2 at Vancouver.

Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 21 shots.

The Maple Leafs, who had just 13 shots through the first two periods stepped up the pressure early in the third period after they had killed off a hooking penalty to right winger David Clarkson at the end of the second period. After only five shots on goal in the second, the Maple Leafs had four shots in the first five minutes of the third.

The pressure paid off when Raymond skated behind the net before scoring his 16th goal of the season with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at 7:23.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 on the 31st goal of the season by Kessel on a shot from just inside the blue line at 10:03.

Van Riemsdyk, who will be Kessel's teammate on the U.S. Olympic team, scored his 24th of the season at 12:05, snapping in a 14-footer.

Kesler scored his 20th goal of the season on a quick, low wrist shot from the slot with 21.3 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. Left winger Chris Higgins set up the chance with a pass from the end boards.

A dull second period was enlivened with 1:10 left when Kessel and Vancouver left winger Alexandre Burrows were involved in a pushing match. Burrows received high- sticking and roughing minors and Kessel was assessed a roughing minor.

NOTES: Early in the second period, Maple Leafs C Jay McClement was helped from the ice after falling awkwardly into the corner to the right of the Vancouver goal. He did not return to the game because of what was referred to as an upper-body injury. ... Vancouver C Henrik Sedin (rib) did not play because of a lingering injury that will prevent him from playing for Sweden in the Olympics. ... Also out for the Canucks were D Andrew Alberts (concussion), D Christopher Tanev (hand), D Kevin Bieksa (foot), D Yannick Weber (upper body) and C Mike Santorelli (shoulder). ... D Dan Hamhuis (groin) returned for the Canucks after missing two games. ... The Maple Leafs were still without C Dave Bolland (ankle), C Trevor Smith (hand) and RW Carter Ashton (hand). ... Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier faced 34 shots in a 4-1 win at Tampa Bay on Thursday, the 16th time this season that he has won a game while making 30 or more saves. He has made at least 30 saves in each of his seven road victories this season. ... The Maple Leafs' 1964 Stanley Cup winning team was honored before the game.
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