Brown, Sharks beat Maple Leafs 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm •  Published: December 3, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — Midway through the game, the San Jose Sharks felt the Toronto Maple Leafs gaining momentum. A timeout helped turn things around.

Mike Brown had a goal against his former team and Joe Thornton scored on a 5-on-3 power play, leading the Sharks past Toronto 4-2 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

"I think we maybe got a bit lackadaisical at the start of the second period for about 10 minutes and they really gave it to us," Thornton said.

"The 10-minute mark it kind of switched. We had a timeout and we kind of flipped it back on them," he said.

Brad Stuart and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, winners of nine of 10. Phil Kessel netted his 200th career goal and Mason Raymond also scored in Toronto's fifth straight loss.

Brown opened the scoring midway through the first period, tipping a shot from defenseman Jason Demers past Leafs goaltender James Reimer.

The Sharks had a two-man advantage for 76 seconds when Jay McClement and Mason Raymond were penalized 33 seconds apart. And Joe Pavelski found Thornton with plenty of room at the side of the net, and San Jose's captain made it 2-0 at 14:31.

"Discipline's a huge part," Raymond said. "You're killing penalties, you're not playing offense and you're playing in your own zone, so we're kind of shooting ourselves in the foot there."

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made 28 saves.

The Leafs, meanwhile, had three shots in the first 1:31, then went 17:17 without one.

With Dan Boyle in the penalty box for interference, Raymond scored off the rush 2:44 into the second.

There was nothing Niemi could do on Kessel's power-play goal 9:47 into the second. Center Tyler Bozak — who missed the bulk of the period to that point — got Kessel the puck with a wide-open net.

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