Coming off a four-game losing streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs put an emphasis on getting off to better starts.
They've been doing just that, and it's led to their longest win streak in seven years.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots and the Maple Leafs used a fast start to spark another big scoring night, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Monday for their first five-game winning streak since 2007.
The Maple Leafs withstood a flurry of shots by Phoenix thanks to some tough saves by Bernier and some near-misses by the Coyotes, and they pulled away for their fifth straight win for the first time since Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2007.
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to six games. Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri also had a goal and an assist, and Carl Gunnarsson scored his first goal in nearly a year.
Buoyed by their fast starts, the Maple Leafs have scored 20 goals during their winning streak.
"We feel this group can continue to grow and play to a higher level -- enough talking about it," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "Action speaks louder than words, and we have to continue to challenge this group to play better and become a playoff team."
The Coyotes had plenty of chances. Most of them were turned away by Bernier, a few by the goal posts, and numerous others just missed the mark, leading to a frustrating loss.
Phoenix matched a team record by scoring a power-play goal for the eighth straight game when Mike Ribeiro scored early in the third period. Antoine Vermette added a short-handed goal, the Coyotes' first of the year.