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 un 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.
NOTES: The 39-year-old Marleau also has 538 goals. .. Devils second-line winger Jesper Bratt returned to action from a broken jaw suffered Oct. 4 in Sweden. Fourth-liner Stefan Noesen (lower body) also came off New Jersey’s injured reserve.
Devils: At Winnipeg on Sunday night.
Maple Leafs: At Boston on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press