Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and the unbeaten New Jersey Devils recorded the franchise's first-ever 3-on-5 goal in a 6-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, ending the Maple Leafs' ideal start to the National Hockey League season.
In his first month with Toronto, Andersen had a 3.67 goals-against average, an.876 save percentage, and lost five of seven starts, raising questions as to if the Maple Leafs had again failed in their pursuit of finding a quality starting goalie, akin to Vesa Toskala and Jonathan Bernier.
Jake Gardiner was unable to keep the puck in at the New Jersey blue line and two Devils broke in.
Van Riemsdyk and Dominic Moore also scored for Toronto (3-1-0) before 19,103 at the Air Canada Centre.
The New Jersey Devils closed out their two-game road trip with a win - their third in a row - over the Maple Leafs.
"We didn't have any snap, we didn't have any juice, we didn't win any battles", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. This season, Andersen has prepared for the possibility of playing the bulk of Toronto's games, consulting a nutritionist over the summer and coming to camp in what he said was the best condition of his career. "And that's exactly what I expected".
"I thought we showed a lot of poise being able to crawl back into it", he added. "Sometimes, you get those guys together and those plays just happen, they're on the same wavelength the way they think the game". That's what we deserved tonight.
Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring on a power play at 8:33 of the first, stuffing the puck past Schneider. Stefan Noesen and Brian Gibbons both had one goal. The Devils' offensive run in the second period was enough to support him, led by two goals from Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha. Finally, at 9:58 of the second period, Zacha took a shot on Toronto's Frederik Andersen for his first shot - and first goal - of the year.
In Washington, Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in his season debut to help Pittsburgh edge the hosts in their first meeting since the playoffs. Van Riemsdyk was in the box for slashing. The 1917-18 team scored 27.
Toronto came into the contest having scored 19 goals through its first three games to start the season, the second-most in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
NOTES: The game was the 6,500th in Maple Leafs history.
The Devils face a tough early-season test at Toronto on Wednesday night. Devils rookie defenseman Will Butcher had two assists.
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