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Campbell makes 30 saves, NHL-leading Leafs beat Oilers 4-0

Jack Campbell made 30 saves for his third NHL shutout, Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist and the NHL-leading Toronto Maple Leafs opened a three-game set in Edmonton with a 4-0 victory over the Oilers on Saturday night.

William Nylander, Jason Spezza and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto (16-4-2), which was without NHL goals leader Auston Matthews because of a wrist injury. John Tavares added two assists to help the Maple Leafs improve to 16-4-2 and open a six-point lead over the Oilers in the all-Canadian North Division.

Mike Smith stopped 25 shots for Edmonton. The Oilers had won five straight.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith (41) makes the save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Matthews tops the NHL with 18 goals in 20 games. He sat out for a second time against the Oilers this season because of the wrist issue.

Campbell returned after missing more than a month with a leg injury. No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen remains day-to-day with a lower-body ailment that pressed third-stringer Michael Hutchison into action twice earlier this week.

The teams also will play Monday and Wednesday nights.

Edmonton Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi (13) and Toronto Maple Leafs' Justin Holl (3) battle in front as goalie Jack Campbell (36) makes the save during the second period of an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) is stopped by Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell (36) during the second period of an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Russell (52) and Toronto Maple Leafs' Justin Holl (3) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Alex Chiasson (39) and Toronto Maple Leafs' Justin Holl (3) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)