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Oilers cruise past Maple Leafs 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Benoit Pouliot scored two goals and Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Anton Lander also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a seven-game skid.

James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three in a row and six of their past seven. Toronto has just one win in its past 21 road games.

The Oilers started the scoring just 53 seconds into the first period on the game’s first shot as a blast from Pouliot deflected off the stick of Eric Brewer and past Toronto starter Jonathan Bernier.

Edmonton made it 2-0 at 7:16 of the first as Justin Schultz made a nice power-play pass to Eberle in front, and he picked the top corner of the net for his 19th of the season.

Pouliot struck again just 52 seconds later, putting home his second of the game. James Reimer came in to replace Bernier in the Leafs’ net after he allowed three goals on four shots.

The Oilers went up 4-0 with another power-play goal 10:59 minutes into the opening period as Eberle found Lander open at the side of the net and he lifted it past Reimer.

Van Riemsdyk deflected Dion Phaneuf’s point shot past Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens on the power play with 6:33 to play in the first.

Despite the flurry of goals in the first period, there was no scoring for the remainder of the game.

The Oilers play the second game of a six-game homestand on Wednesday against Columbus. The Leafs return home to face San Jose on Thursday.

Notes: Toronto came into the game with a six-game winning streak against the Oilers. … Since the All-Star break, the Oilers have had the top power play in the NHL. The Leafs have had the worst. … Edmonton was without Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen), Taylor Hall (leg), Nikita Nikitin (shoulder), Viktor Fasth (knee) and Iiro Pakarinen (knee), although Hall skated with the team on Monday. Toronto was missing Stephane Robidas (shoulder) and Roman Polak (hernia).

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