TORONTO – Tobias Enstrom had two goals and two assists, Fredrik Modin scored twice against his former team and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Monday night.
Anthony Stewart also scored and Andrew Ladd had an empty-net goal for the Thrashers.
Atlanta moved past the Washington Capitals for first place in the Southeast Division. The surprising Thrashers have picked up at least a point in 14 of their last 16 games.
Mikhail Grabovski scored for the fourth game in a row as part of a brief third-period Maple Leafs rally that ultimately fell short.
John Mitchell and Nikolai Kulemin also scored for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs were back on home ice after a three-game swing through Western Canada in which they dropped the last two games to Calgary and Vancouver.
The return to the Air Canada Centre did little to reverse their fortunes as the Leafs found themselves in a two-goal hole before the game was 3 minutes old. By the final period, fans were calling for coach Ron Wilson to be fired.
Despite the fast start for Atlanta, the game remained close through the halfway point, with Mitchell scoring his first of the season on a second-period Toronto power play to cut the lead to 2-1. But Modin's second of the game came with just 56 seconds remaining in the middle frame, restoring the two-goal lead.
Then things turned ugly for Toronto.
A turnover by Kulemin led to Stewart's goal just more than 3 minutes into the third and Enstrom picked up his second less than a minute later when a weak shot from the point eluded Jonas Gustavsson.
That led to Wilson pulling Gustavsson, who was beaten five times on 18 shots, in favor of rookie James Reimer, while fans booed and chanted "Fire Wilson!"
Reimer stopped all four shots he faced in the first action of his NHL career.
The Maple Leafs provided a brief glimmer of hope when Grabovski and Kulemin scored power-play goals against Ondrej Pavelec just 15 seconds apart, but the comeback attempt ended with Ladd's empty-netter.
Pavelec stopped 37 shots.
Modin opened the scoring when he was left all alone in front of Gustavsson, allowing him to tip home Ron Hainsey's point shot.
The Thrashers' second goal came 28 seconds later on the power play courtesy of Enstrom, who blasted home a cross-ice pass from Dustin Byfuglien at the blue line.
Byfuglien had a pair of assists, giving him 35 points on the season. After being moved to defense from forward following an offseason trade from Chicago, Byfuglien leads all NHL defensemen in scoring and is just one point off his single-season best.
NOTES: Tomas Kaberle got an assist on Mitchell's goal for the 500th point of his career. ... The Maple Leafs reassigned tough guy Jay Rosehill to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. ... Brett Lebda, typically a defenseman, played left wing on the Maple Leafs' fourth line. ... Attendance was 19,301.