Maple Leafs 6, Oilers 4

The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing everything they can to stay

out of the NHL basement.

Toronto linemates Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel

combined for eight points in the Maple Leafs’ third straight

victory, 6-4 over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night in a

meeting of last-place teams.

Kessel had two goals and an assist, Bozak finished with a goal

and two assists, and Kulemin had a goal and an assist. Jamie

Lundmark and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto, last in the

Eastern Conference with 58 points.

“We’re fighting hard to get points,” Bozak said. “We’re on a

little roll here. I hope that we can keep that going.”

Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule, Dustin Penner and Aaron Johnson

scored for the Oilers, last overall in the NHL with 49 points.

“It was the first time in a long time we played a team below us

in the standings,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “It was a test

for our young guys.”

After Cogliano cut it to 2-1 early in the second period,

Mitchell, Kessel and Grabovski scored in a 1:26 span – the last two

coming on a power play that hadn’t struck since before the

Olympics.

“It’s not the result we wanted,” Oilers goalie Jeff

Deslauriers said. “Every time you go out there, you’re always

trying to win the game.”

A fairly lifeless game perked up during a scrum around

Deslauriers midway through the second period. The frustrated goalie

hit tough guy Colton Orr with a couple punches before trading a few

more with Dion Phaneuf.

“I didn’t really know what he was doing,” Phaneuf said.

Oilers coach Pat Quinn was upset at his own team because no one

other than Deslauriers ended up throwing any punches.

“Your goaltender shouldn’t have to protect his area,” Quinn

said.

Phaneuf found himself back in the Oilers bad book after taking

the feet out from under Ryan Potulny in the third period, getting

tackled by Theo Peckham shortly after.

Edmonton continued its parade to the penalty box as the period

wore on and Kessel scored the Leafs’ third power-play goal at

15:38.

It was another long night for Quinn, who was behind the bench

for an NHL game at Air Canada Centre for the first time since being

fired by the Leafs after the 2006 season. He was featured in a

small tribute video during the first period that ended with the

saying: “Welcome back, Pat.”

NOTES: A group of Olympic gold-medal winners were honored before

the game … Garnet Exelby and Fredrik Sjostrom were scratched

again for the Leafs … Ladislav Smid, Patrick O’Sullivan, Ryan

Jones and Fernando Pisani sat out for Edmonton.