Lupul, Holland lead Leafs in blasting ‘Hawks

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Joffrey Lupul scored twice and had two assists while Peter Holland also scored twice and added an assist to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Mason Raymond had four assists while Jerry D’Amigo, Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel also scored for the newly assembled Leafs’ second line.

Tied 1-1 after the first period, the Leafs outscored the Hawks 4-1 in the second to pull ahead.

D’Amigo made it 2-1 for the Leafs into the second period when he tucked in a Kulemin rebound.

Holland scored his second at 12:09 of the second period after taking a nice pass from Raymond.

Patrick Kane replied at 13:30, snapping a wrist shot. But Kulemin restored the Leafs’ two-goal advantage at 14:36, on a low shot from a Jay McClement pass

Lupul increased the lead to 5-2 on the power play, tipping in a Jake Gardiner shot from the point for his ninth of the season at 17:08.

With just 28 seconds in, Lupul scored again.

Brandon Saad pulled one back for the Hawks before Kessel made it 7-3 at 8:35 with a quick shot from the slot.

The Leafs also outshot the opposition for just the fifth time this season, holding a 32-28 edge.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension but they David Clarkson’s services after being a two-game ban earlier.

Kane had two goals and Saad scored one for the Hawks.

Finnish rookie Antti Raanta got the start again for the Hawks in the absence of the injured Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin.

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