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December 5, 2013

Maple Leafs slip past Stars 3-2 in OT

Dallas outshoots Toronto 50-24 but Jonathan Bernier makes 48 saves as the Leafs end a five-game slide.

Trevor Smith scored at 4:18 of overtime to help the Toronto Maple Leafs end a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

The Maple Leafs won for the first time since Nov. 23 despite being outshot for the 10th consecutive game, this time 50-24.

Nazem Kadri scored twice for the Leafs in his return from a one-game absence to attend his grandfather’s funeral. It looked as if his second goal would stand.

But Toronto’s best penalty-killer Jay McClement took a tripping penalty late in the third and Shawn Horcoff scored when he tipped Kevin Connauton’s shot past Jonathan Bernier at 17:14 to tie it a 2-2.

Bernier finished with 48 saves.

It looked as if Horcoff had a goal at the 9:42 mark of the third when he deflected Vernon Fiddler’s power-play point shot in. But referees waved it off immediately and video review upheld the no-goal decision because of a high stick.

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley had to be helped off the ice in the second period by teammates Alex Chiasson and Alex Goligoski after he got tangled up with Van Riemsdyk during a rush to the net. As Daley lay on the ice, Kadri scored his eighth goal of the season. Daley did not return with what the Stars announced as a lower-body injury.

Dallas is already short on its blue line without Stephane Robidas, who suffered a broken leg Nov. 19 against Chicago.

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