Joffrey Lupul had two goals and an assist, James Reimer stopped 43 shots, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday night to pick up their first home victory of the season.
Brad Boyes and Morgan Rielly also scored for the Maple Leafs (2-7-2), who had lost their first four at home.
Jamie Benn scored his league-leading 10th goal of the season, and Antti Niemi finished with 22 saves as the Stars had their three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas (9-3-0) lost for just the third time in 12 games.
Boyes thought he had his second of the night late in the first, but it was overturned when Dallas challenged that the Maple Leafs were offside.
Lupul got the tie-breaking goal 21 seconds into the second period, then made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with 7:15 remaining in the period. He now has five goals on the season and 199 for his career
Rielly added another power-play score with 12.6 seconds left.
Despite being outshot 44-26, the Maple Leafs carried the play at times and took advantage of chances. They showed a resiliency that was non-existent in a blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Boyes beat Niemi 8:24 into the first period to pick up his first goal with the Maple Leafs. It was only the second time Toronto scored first this season, and the goal horn operator seemed so surprised that it didn’t sound until well after the celebration had begun.
Just 58 seconds later, Tyler Seguin fed Benn for the tying goal. It was Seguin’s 12th assist, but the duo was quiet after that.
Unlike previous games that were highlighted by letdowns, the Maple Leafs kept up the pressure and it paid off in the opening minute of the second as Lupul put them ahead for good.
Reimer frustrated the Stars, especially early in the third period when he denied Patrick Sharp from in close and forced Valeri Nichushkin wide on a penalty shot.
Maple Leafs F Nick Spaling returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. ... Ontario native Devin Shore was a healthy scratch for the Stars after getting his first call-up to the NHL over the weekend. He could make his debut Tuesday night at Boston. ... Nazem Kadri has registered at least a point in each of his six games against Dallas.
First Period—1, Toronto, Boyes 1 (Froese, Rielly), 8:24. 2, Dallas, Ja.Benn 10 (Seguin, Sharp), 9:22. Penalties—Ja.Benn, Dal (delay of game), 17:01.
Second Period—3, Toronto, Lupul 4 (Rielly, Winnik), :21. 4, Toronto, Lupul 5 (Kadri, Boyes), 12:45 (pp). Penalties—Toronto bench, served by Kadri (too many men), 2:44; Eakin, Dal (hooking), 11:16; Phaneuf, Tor (hooking), 19:45.
Third Period—5, Toronto, Rielly 3 (Lupul, Bozak), 19:47 (pp). Penalties—Spezza, Dal (tripping), 8:17; Goligoski, Dal (hooking), 10:25; Klingberg, Dal (hooking), 18:49.
Missed Penalty Shot—Nichushkin, Dal, 6:07 third. Shots on Goal—Dallas 12-19-13—44. Toronto 8-12-6—26. Power plays—Dallas 0 of 2; Toronto 2 of 5. Goalies—Dallas, Niemi 6-2-0 (26 shots-22 saves). Toronto, Reimer 2-1-1 (44-43). A—19,087 (18,819). T—2:51.