TORONTO — Phil Kessel scored twice as Toronto erupted for four goals in the second period and breezed to its fourth straight home victory, a 6-1 NHL win over the Boston Bruins.

Linemates Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each collected a power-play tally and two assists while Peter Holland also scored with the man advantage for the Maple Leafs, who have erupted for 16 goals during their three-game winning streak. Morgan Rielly also tallied, fellow defenseman Cody Franson notched a pair of assists and Jonathan Bernier finished with 25 saves in the rout.

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask was chased early in the second period after yielding four goals on 16 shots for the Bruins, who saw their five-game winning streak come to a halt. Niklas Svedberg relieved Rask and made 15 saves while blue-liner Dennis Seidenberg scored his second goal of the season.

Kessel reeled in captain Dion Phaneuf’s pass off the glass before wiring a shot from the right faceoff circle that sailed over the shoulder of Rask at 6:46 of the first period to draw first blood. Kessel wasn’t done, as the forward slapped the puck away from Boston’s Patrice Bergeron at center ice before skating in and wristing a shot from the left circle past Rask 18 seconds into the middle session.

Toronto kept the pressure on as Holland’s shot from above the left circle was kicked out by Rask, but Rielly swatted the rebound just inside the far post at 1:34. The Maple Leafs chased Rask after van Riemsdyk’s centering feed from the left circle was redirected home by Bozak nearly two minutes later.

NOTEBOOK: Maple Leafs RW Daniel Winnik registered four hits and two blocked shots in his return from a two-game absence after being knocked unconscious during a fall against Colorado last week. … Rask fell to 10-3-0 against the team that selected him with the 21st overall pick in the 2005 draft. … Toronto D Stephane Robidas blocked four shots while playing in his 900th career contest.

Report: NHL picks likely owners for Vegas team

The NHL has chosen the team of billionaire businessman William Foley and the Maloof family as the owners of a potential Las Vegas expansion team, the New York Post reported.

The league has not determined a timetable for expansion, but two western U.S. cities are expected to be selected for new franchises, according to reports.

One of those cities reportedly will be Las Vegas if approved by NHL owners. The franchise fee will be about $400 million, the newspaper reported.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday he met with a potential ownership group that has expressed interest in owning a team in Las Vegas. Daly also toured the site of the new $350 million, 20,000-seat arena being built by MGM Resorts and AEG that could potentially house the team.

Daly did not identify the group but sources said it was Foley and the Maloof family, former owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings. The Maloofs own several hotels in Las Vegas.

“I got a variety of different responses,” Daly told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The demographics of the market are pretty good in terms of average annual income. Las Vegas natives earn good salaries, good livings. I think they genuinely like sports. It’s a nighttime city, so it would have to be uniquely scheduled in terms of focusing maybe on industry nights as opposed to your typical Thursday-Saturday nights where everybody would be working.”

Asked by ESPN.com on Tuesday exactly what the purpose of his trip to Las Vegas was this past weekend, Daly said:

“It was to attend a Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors meeting. The trip was not ‘expansion related’ at all. But since I was there, I took the opportunity to review progress on the arena. It was nothing more than that.”

A $400 million franchise fee would be five times higher than the $80 million fee charged both the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000, the last time the league expanded.

“Clearly we think that for a Las Vegas market to support a professional sports franchise, you need the support of the locals,” Daly told the Star Tribune. “What’s difficult on making a call on Vegas is it’s such a unique market. It’s really hard to know. The owners are going to have to be satisfied that the prospects of putting a franchise there are good and the fundamentals are solid.”