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Maple Leafs 4, Wild 1

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TORONTO -- Mason Raymond scored two goals and James Reimer stopped 37 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

Tyler Bozak and Trevor Smith also scored, and Cody Franson and Morgan Rielly added two assists apiece for the Maple Leafs. Toronto (6-1-0) won its third game in a row.

Raymond scored into an empty net with 59 seconds to play in the game, his fourth goal of the season.

Jason Pominville scored for the Wild (3-2-2).

Toronto outshot Minnesota 38-14.

Reimer, in goal for the first time since Oct. 5 after Jonathan Bernier played the three previous games, was up to the task.

Darcy Kuemper, playing his first game of the season in goal for the Wild, was replaced by Josh Harding during the second period after allowed three goals on seven shots.

The Maple Leafs led 2-1 after the first period, then scored their second power-play goal of the game at 12:23 of the second period. Raymond netted his third goal of the season on a wrist shot from the right side of the goal.

Harding took over from Kuemper after the goal and did not face a shot for the remainder of the period. Harding handled all six shots he faced in the third period before he was replaced for an extra attacker and the Leafs added the empty-net goal.

The Maple Leafs were outshot 18-3 in the first period but produced two of the three goals in the period. They scored on a power play at 4:24 as Bozak picked up his third goal of the season. He was at the right side of the goal when he knocked in a pass from Dave Bolland. Dany Heatley took a slashing penalty at 3:04, negating the Wild power play that started at 1:47 when Jake Gardiner was called for holding.

Smith, who was recalled Tuesday from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf at 13:51 of the first when his shot from the left faceoff circle trickled past Kuemper. Smith broke in after taking a pass from Rielly.

Pominville countered with his third goal of the season with a man advantage at 17:27 -- 17 seconds after Raymond took a high-sticking penalty -- when he knocked in his own rebound.

NOTES: Toronto LW James van Riemsdyk, who was tied for the team lead with five goals, left the team's morning skate and did not play Tuesday night because of an undisclosed injury. ... Wild G Niklas Backstrom (knee strain) did not play for the fourth game in a row. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Minnesota beat the Sabres 2-1 at Buffalo on Monday, with Pominville, a former Sabre, scoring the winning goal. ... The Wild will play the third game of a four-game trip Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Toronto plays host to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. ... The game drew a crowd of 19,283.
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