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Tavares nets twice to reach 300 goals

The Associated PressNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — John Tavares scored twice and hit the 300-goal mark for his career in leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey also scored in Toronto’s three-goal first period and third-string goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves as the Maple Leafs beat the Devils for the third time in as many games. Mitch Marner added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left.

Blake Coleman and Brian Boyle scored in a 26-second span late in the second period to pull New Jersey within a goal. Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves, including two on Tavares that prevented a hat trick.

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