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Maple Leafs beat Kings 4-3 in tiebreak shootout

AP, TORONTO

Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford, center, and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas, right, battle in front of goaltender James Reimer, left, during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday.

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James Reimer helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles on Sunday, shutting out the Kings in the tiebreaker.

Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal for Toronto in the shootout. Tyler Bozak was denied by Jonathan Quick, and Mike Santorelli missed.

Reimer turned away Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown before Anze Kopitar missed for Los Angeles.

The Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit and led 3-2 in the third before the Leafs forced the overtime.

Toronto has won five straight.

Santorelli, Cody Franson and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto.

Justin Williams, Dwight King and Gaborik scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. Quick finished with 28 saves.

In Chicago, the Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad scored with 7:03 left in the third period as Chicago beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 for their 12th victory in the last 14 games.

After motoring past Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano, Saad took a centering pass from Jonathan Toews and lifted a shot past Jonas Hiller’s glove.

Toews also set up Patrick Sharp’s power-play goal as the surging Blackhawks dealt the Flames their fifth straight loss. Chicago had won eight in a row before Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Jiri Hudler had his team-leading 12th goal for Calgary, who have scored just eight times during their slide.

At Edmonton, Alberta, Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves as the New York Rangers blanked the Oilers 2-0.

Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin scored for New York (14-10-4), who have won three straight and five of seven.

It was Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season. He also had 29 saves in Saturday night’s 5-1 victory at Vancouver.

The Oilers have lost four in a row and 15 of 16 overall.

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