"They play hard, they play well," Devils forward Zach Parise said. "Sometimes those are the toughest teams to play against when they've got nothing, really, to play for at this time of the year."
Danis made his second start of the month for the Devils, who rolled into Toronto a day after a hard-fought 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Danis surrendered the first goal of the game when he let a rebound from Dion Phaneuf's shot to carom directly to Kessel with time winding down in the first period. Kessel put it in a wide-open net. It was Kessel's 27th goal of the season.
Clarkson tied it with 4:14 left in the second period.
Defenseman Jesse Blacker signed a three-year entry level contract with the Leafs. The 18-year-old Blacker, selected 58th overall by Toronto last year, will report to the Marlies in the AHL. ... Devils coach Jacques Lemaire (582) and Leafs counterpart Ron Wilson (577) sit seventh and eighth, respectively, among the NHL's victory leaders.
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TORONTO - MARCH 18: Fredrik Sjostrom #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots during warm up prior to game action...