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Leafs jump on Red Wings, move to 6-1-0

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates with goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) after the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves in his season debut and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Starting in place of Frederik Andersen, McElhinney stopped 15 shots in the third period to hold off the Red Wings.

Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews, Connor Brown, Morgan Rielly and William Nylander scored to help Toronto improve to an NHL-best 6-1-0. The Maple Leafs were coming off a 2-0 victory at Washington on Tuesday night.

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Plus/Minus
Rank Player +/-
1t S. Couturier, Phi9
1t A. Stralman, TB9
3t W. Nylander, Tor8
3t B. Ryan, Ott8
3t N. Zaitsev, Tor8
6t D. Brassard, Ott7
6t N. Foligno, Cls7
6t A. Matthews, Tor7
6t P. Nemeth, Col7
6t M. Stone, Ott7
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Wins
Rank Player W
1t F. Andersen, Tor5
1t A. Vasilevskiy, TB5
3t S. Bobrovsky, Cls4
3t C. Crawford, Chi4
3t M. Murray, Pit4
3t C. Schneider, NJ4
3t M. Smith, Cgy4
8t J. Allen, StL3
8t B. Bishop, Dal3
8t B. Elliott, Phi3
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