EDMONTON -- Phil Kessel put on a show for the swarms of Toronto Maple Leafs fans who turned up at Rexall Place on Tuesday, scoring twice and assisting on two goals in a 4-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers.
James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs (9-4-0), who took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with the victory. James Reimer earned his first shutout of the season and 11th of his career by stopping 43 shots.
Richard Bachman, who made 47 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings in L.A. on Sunday, stopped 21 of 25 shots.
The win lifted the Maple Leafs two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Oilers (3-9-2) fell further behind the pack in the Western Conference. They will finish the night 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
Kessel opened the scoring 1:08 into the first period, collecting a pass in front from a diving Kadri and sliding the puck past Bachman.
The Maple Leafs made it 2-0 at 1:41 of the second when Kessel and van Riemsdyk broke away on a 2-on-1 rush moments after Justin Schultz rang a shot off the post at the other end. Kessel slid the puck to van Riemsdyk, who beat Bachman for his sixth goal of the season.
Kessel added his second of the game at 9:42, taking the puck at the side of the net and beating Bachman over the shoulder from a tight angle. The goal was Kessel's eighth of the season and seventh in four games.
Kadri added an insurance goal at 6:14 of the third period by tipping Morgan Rielly's shot over Bachman's shoulder.
The Oilers went into the game short a forward as David Perron fell ill and was unable to dress. Earlier in the day, the Oilers activated Sam Gagner, who missed the first 13 games of the season with a broken jaw. The Oilers center took a stick in the face from Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian in the preseason. Kassian received a five-game suspension for the infraction.
Without an extra forward on the roster, the Oilers dressed seven defensemen.
The Maple Leafs welcomed back Joffrey Lupul, who had missed the previous two games with a foot injury. Lupul was a game-time decision and was not declared ready to play until after the warm-up.
The Maple Leafs continue their three-game Western Canada trip against the Calgary Flames
on Wednesday. The Oilers are off until they host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
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