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Belief restored? Leafs win sixth consecutive game

Jan 22, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs won their sixth game in a row on Tuesday as they beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.

That’s their first six-game winning streak since January 2006, according to The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle. The Maple Leafs also ruined Semyon Varlamov‘s bid to set an Avalanche franchise record for consecutive games started without a regulation loss; in fact, they managed to get Varlamov pulled from the Avs net as they scored three goals on 10 shots against the Russian standout.

Phil Kessel and Nathan MacKinnon continued their impressive respective work, as both forwards enjoyed two-goal nights. (More on Kessel’s near-mutant work here.)

James Reimer continues to be mostly sharp in his rare opportunities to get starts instead of Jonathan Bernier, as Reimer stopped 35 out of 37 shots for his 10th win of the season.

The Maple Leafs improved to 27-20-5 on the season as they finish the week with two more road games against West teams. Colorado saw a four-game winning streak end as they fell to 31-13-5 in 2013-14.

  1. mrpinkca - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Small sample size.

  2. dirtyback - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    haters gon hate

  3. anthj99 - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    I still don’t beleaf.

  4. montrealbbr - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    I still think they suck.

  5. joey4id - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    The Leafs d men and d play overall hasn’t been good enough;

    Goals against 5 on 5 Goals For/Against Ratio – 18th
    Goals Against Per Game – 24th
    Penalty Kill % – 27th
    Shots Against Per Game – 30th
    Faceoff Win Percentage – 24th

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      I completely agree, but they keep winning despite that, and on this winning streak their not getting outshot nearly as bad, nor are they doing as badly on the penalty kill

      • joey4id - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        On a positive note they did beat 3 of the top 12 (top 3 of each division) in Boston, Montreal and Colorado. Next 4 vs the Stars, Jets, Lightning, and Panthers. You’ve got to be aiming for 7 points, 6 at the least. Go Leafs!

  6. canada2014gold - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I’m not a leafs fan but still good for them. It’s good to see any Canadian team winning these days. I hope they keep it up, way too much talent to be losing like they were.

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