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Little leads Jets over Maple leafs 6-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Bryan Little had a goal and two assists to stretch his point streak to six games, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday night.

Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (20-12-7) and T.J. Galiardi and Matt Halischuk also scored. Chiarot’s goal was the first of his NHL career while Galiardi’s was his first of the season.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd had two assists.

Mike Santorelli scored for the Maple Leafs (21-16-3).

Michael Hutchinson was solid when called on, making 20 saves for his 10th win of the season. James Reimer fell to 6-7-0 with the loss after allowing five goals on 40 shots.

The Leafs were certainly feeling the effects at the end of a grueling season-high seven-game road trip, in which they finished with just two wins.

The Jets snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Toronto was without the services of Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland, all out with injuries.

Winnipeg played without its top four defensemen– Mark Stuart, Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom and Jacob Trouba — as well as forward Evander Kane.

Phil Kessel briefly went to the Maple Leafs dressing room early in the game after colliding awkwardly with Byfuglien, but returned soon after.

Santorelli opened the scoring early in the second after batting a puck out of the air.

The Jets responded just 1:10 later as Galiardi scored his first of the season after some fine work by Byfuglien to create the scoring chance.

Chiarot let one go from the point that was tipped by Halischuk to make it 2-1.

Byfuglien then scored his ninth of the season with just under 10 minutes left in the second to put the Jets up 3-1.

Little added his team leading 15th goal of the season in the third period and Chiarot also scored with 9:05 remaining in regulation.

NOTES: The Jets improved to 7-2-1 against the Leafs since moving from Atlanta in 2011. … Toronto returns to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday for a game against the Washington Capitals. … Winnipeg welcomes the San Jose Sharks on Monday night before heading on the road for three games.

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