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Kessel has 2 goals, Reimer stops 35 shots as Maple Leafs win 6th in a row, 5-2, over Avalanche

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44), Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) and Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) congratulate Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) for his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44), Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) and Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) congratulate Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) for his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) get tangled over the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

    Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) get tangled over the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) collides wight Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) as Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81), not shown, scored a goal during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

    Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) collides wight Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) as Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81), not shown, scored a goal during the second period of an NHL game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)  (The Associated Press)

Phil Kessel scored twice, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Nazem Kadri also scored and James Reimer stopped 35 shots for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs are on their longest winning streak in eight years after losing four in a row. Toronto has climbed to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings during its win streak.

Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals for the Avalanche, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 19 saves in relief of Semyon Varlamov.