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Elias scores 400th goal as Devils hand Leafs 11th straight loss

Feb 7, 2015 - 4:59 AM Newark, NJ ( - Patrik Elias scored his 400th goal and the New Jersey Devils grabbed a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

Jaromir Jagr, Tuomo Ruutu and Steve Bernier also scored for the Devils, who have won three straight and five of six. Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots in the win.

Toronto has lost 11 consecutive games for the first time during its long history, surpassing a mark set from Jan. 15-Feb. 8, 1967.

"Any time you lose a stretch of games like this it's going to be challenging," said Toronto defenseman Cody Franson. "I think for the most part our group has done a pretty good job, but tonight isn't one we should be proud of."

Tyler Bozak had the only goal of the game for the Maple Leafs, who have scored just 11 goals during their losing streak. James Reimer allowed all four goals on 17 shots.

The Devils scored near the midway mark of the first period as Mark Fraser's shot from the left point hit off the boards behind the net and came out to the right side where Ruutu backhanded it in.

Just 1:23 into the second, the Devils took a 2-0 lead on Elias' goal as he took a feed from Travis Zajac at the right circle and wristed it in for his seventh of the season.

"It was a great play coming out of our zone," said Elias. "That was a good pass from Zajac hitting me on the second wave."

It was a 3-0 game at 13:31 of the second when Adam Larsson's slap shot from the high slot tipped off of Bernier and went in.

The Leafs got on the board at 11:51 of the third on the power play as Phil Kessel snapped a shot from the right wing that hit off the pipe and stayed out, but Bozak was there to clean up the rebound.

Jagr, though, scored into the empty net as Reimer was trying to skate off for an extra attacker just inside of three minutes to play for his 716th career goal, one shy of tying Phil Esposito for fifth place in NHL history.

Game Notes

New Jersey plays in Montreal on Saturday ... Toronto hosts Edmonton on Saturday ... On Friday, Toronto traded forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lighting for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.