WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) –had two goals and an assist, scored his NHL-leading 34th goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Thursday night.
Wayne Simmonds and Jason Spezza also scored andmade 34 saves to help the North Division-leading Maple Leafs move six points ahead of Winnipeg.
Mark Scheifele, Andrew Copp and Kyle Connor scored for the Jets.
The teams will complete the two-game series Saturday night in Winnipeg.
found with a long cross-ice pass and his wrist shot from the face-off circle beat Connor Hellebuyck just 27 seconds into the game.
Simmonds wired a backhander in 51 seconds later, but Scheifele halved the deficit at 3:19 when he snapped in a loose puck past.
The Jets later took advantage of a poor play by T.J. Brodie, who was wide with a pass back to Morgan Rielly in the defensive zone. Mason Appleton used the turnover to slide the puck in front to Copp, who tapped it in at 10:26.
Toronto used a delayed penalty to work the puck around for about 30 seconds before Joe Thornton’s shot deflected off Spezza and past a screened Hellebuyck at 11:59. The Winnipeg netminder was pulled and replaced by Laurent Brossoit.
Nick Foligno made his Maple Leafs debut on the top line withand .
eventually sent a rolling puck to , who fluttered a one-timer over Brossoit’s shoulder at 12:58.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler made his return after missing six games due to a concussion. He won a battle down low late in the second period and fed it in front to Connor, who beatat 17:56.
Foligno earned his first assist with his new club by feedingfor the empty-netter at 19:54.
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