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Lupul’s quick hat trick triggers Maple Leafs

Associated Press / November 3, 2011

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Joffrey Lupul had three goals in a wild second period - his first hat trick in almost four years - to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the New Jersey Devils, 5-3, last night in Newark.

Lupul scored three times in a span of 7:22 against Martin Brodeur, who returned to the ice after missing six games with a bruised right shoulder. Joey Crabb and Mihkail Grabovski also had goals for the Maple Leafs.

The last time Lupul scored three goals in a game was Dec. 12, 2007, when he had 6 points for the Philadelphia Flyers against Pittsburgh. He scored four goals in a Western Conference playoff game for Anaheim on May 10, 2006.

Patrik Elias, Darius Zubrus, and David Clarkson scored for the Devils, who have lost five of six.

Phil Kessel padded his NHL scoring lead with two assists for Toronto (8-3-1). Kessel, off to the best scoring start for a Maple Leaf since 1944-45, has 10 goals and 10 assists in 12 games.

Lupul has eight goals this season. He totaled 14 last season in 54 games with the Ducks and Maple Leafs combined.

Elias scored in the second period to give him 93 power-play goals with New Jersey, taking over the franchise lead from former coach John MacLean.

Flyers 3, Sabres 2 - Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves and visiting Philadelphia scored three times in the first period to chase Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Flyers eliminated the Sabres in seven games during their Eastern Conference quarterfinal last season.

Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers, who won their second straight after losing four of five.

Luke Adam had a goal and an assist and Andrej Sekera also scored for the Sabres, who have lost four of five. They fell to 1-4-0 in Buffalo.

Miller was pulled after Hartnell made it 3-0 just 6:23 into the game. Miller finished with eight saves before being lifted for backup Jhonas Enroth, who had 15 saves in relief.

Coyotes 4, Avalanche 1 - Mike Smith stopped 39 shots and Radim Vrbata had two goals, lifting Phoenix at Denver.

Taylor Pyatt and Lauri Korpikoski also scored to help the Coyotes win their third straight game.

Ryan O’Reilly had the lone goal for the Avalanche, who drew a small crowd because of a storm that blanketed some areas of the Mile High City with nearly a foot of thick, wet snow.

The Coyotes had seven players with assists, including two by Ray Whitney. Vrbata sealed the win when he scored an empty-net goal with 1:33 left.

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