12/10/96 -- 10:53 PM

Devils-Maple Leafs


TORONTO (AP) - The New Jersey Devils, last in the NHL in goals scored coming into the game, found some unexpected offense from five different players in beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Tuesday night.

Brian Rolston, Denis Pederson, Bill Guerin, Valeri Zelepukin and ex-Maple Leaf Dave Andreychuk scored for the Devils. Dimitri Yushkevich and Tie Domi scored for Toronto.

The loss, the Maple Leafs' seventh in 10 games, provided more ammunition for critics who contend the team is too old to withstand the rigors of the NHL schedule. Toronto, which played its fourth game in five nights, now is 0-6 in the second leg of back-to-back games and have been outscored 21-6.

Maple Leafs left wing Wendel Clark suffered a suspected broken right thumb during a fight with New Jersey's Shawn Chambers in the second period.

Despite being badly outplayed in the first period - New Jersey held a 16-7 shots advantage - the Maple Leafs finished the first period tied 1-1 thanks to a shot by Yushkevich from just inside the Devils' blue-line that handcuffed goalie Martin Brodeur with New Jersey on a power play.

The Devils took the lead for good at 1:21 of the second period when Potvin misplayed a shot by Pederson and made it 3-1 at 3:44 when Guerin banked in a shot off Potvin's pads from behind the goal line.

That prompted coach Mike Murphy to remove Potvin in favor of rookie Marcel Cousineau, whose appearance seemed to spark the Maple Leafs. Domi made it 3-2 at 9:40 off a goalmouth scramble.

But Zelepukin's goal at 11:01 of the third period took the steam out of Toronto's attack and Andreychuk added an insurance goal with 14 seconds remaining.

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