TORONTO — Vesa Toskala made 22 saves in his first start since Nov. 23 and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored goals 28 seconds apart on Monday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-2.
Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who bounced back from a 7-2 loss in Boston on Saturday. It was the first time Toronto (8-13-7) won a weekday game at home this season and it came against one of the NHL's best road teams. The Thrashers entered with an away record of 9-2-1.
Bryan Little and Marty Reasoner scored for Atlanta (15-8-3).