Sharks’ winning streak hits six games with win over Maple Leafs

Defenseman Brad Stuart scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Sharks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Tuesday to extend their winning streak to six games.

It was the fifth loss in a row for the Maple Leafs, two of them in overtime.

Tuesday’s game was the opener of a four-game trip for the Sharks (19-3-5) after a 5-0-0 homestand. They are 9-1-0 in their past 10 games.

Right winger Mike Brown and centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks. Defenseman Dan Boyle added two assists. Couture’s 10th goal of the season came into an empty net at 18:36 of the third period to clinch the game.

Left winger Mason Raymond and right winger Phil Kessel scored for the Maple Leafs (14-11-3).

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 30 shots.

Leafs goaltender James Reimer made 37 saves.

After spotting San Jose two first-period goals, the Leafs tied the game with two power-play goals in the second, only to have the Sharks regain the lead before the period ended.

The Sharks went 1-for-4 on the power play against Toronto, which is just 11-for-19 while short-handed during its five-game winless skid.

Niners face Seahawks in key game with postseason implications

The stretch drive is here and the Niners look ready

What we learned from Warriors loss to the Suns

It’s hard to ignore how good Phoenix looked against Golden State

How Deebo Samuel’s wizardry helped Niners turn season around

Team hoping its most versatile offensive weapon can overcome injury soon

By Al Saracevic