Sharks forward Joe Thornton had four first-period points, allowing San Jose to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs at HP Pavilion on Tuesday evening. Toronto was simply outmatched by the size and skill of the Sharks forwards, falling behind 2-0 by the 6:35 mark of the opening period. It was the eleventh time in 25 games this year that the Leafs surrendered the first two goals of the game.
Nikolai Kulemin and Niklas Hagman scored for the Leafs while Vesa Toskala went the distance in goal against his former team.
Toronto’s next game is Thursday in Phoenix.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Blake-Moore-Stempniak, Mitchell-Mayers-Deveaux
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Schenn, Finger-Kubina, Stralman-White
Goaltenders: Toskala (Loss: 59:48 minutes, 25 saves, 5 GA), Joseph (0:00)
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