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Leafs Claim Johnson Off Waivers

Saturday, 10.01.2004 / 1:06 PM / News
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Leafs Claim Johnson Off Waivers
"(Jan. 10, 2004) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the club has claimed forward Craig Johnson off waivers from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Craig Johnson
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Johnson, 31, has played 39 games for Anaheim this season collecting three points (one goal, two assists) with 14 penalty minutes. He collected his first point (assist) of the season November 28 versus Chicago and scored his first goal of the season December 27 at Florida.

The native of St. Paul, Minnesota led Los Angeles in plus/minus (+14-tie) during the 2001-02 regular season and ranked fourth on the club during the playoffs in points (3). He set career highs in goals (17), assists (21), points (38) and penalty minutes (42) in 1997-98 with the Kings.

Johnson has played 532 career NHL games for St. Louis, Los Angeles and Anaheim collecting 165 points (74 goals, 91 assists) with 246 penalty minutes. Johnson has also played 16 career NHL playoff games collecting five points (three goals, two assists) with 10 penalty minutes.

He was originally St. Louis' first choice, 33rd overall in the 1990 Entry Draft.

 

Craig Johnson

Left wing. Shoots Left. 6-2, 200 lbs. Born: St. Paul, MN, March 18, 1972. St. Louis' first choice, 33rd overall, in 1990 Entry Draft.

AMATEUR AND PROFFESIONAL RECORD:                REGULAR SEASON                                      PLAYOFFS

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1990-91       MINNESOTA            WCHA             33      13      18      31        34            --       --       --       ---        ---

1991-92       MINNESOTA            WCHA             41      17      38      55        66            --       --       --       ---        ---

1992-93       MINNESOTA            WCHA             42      22      24      46        70            --       --       --       ---        ---

                    UNITED STATES      WC-A              6        1        1        2          4               --       --       --       ---        ---

1993-94       UNITED STATES      NAT TEAM       54      35      26      51        64            --       --       --       ---        ---

                    UNITED STATES      OLYMPICS       8        0        4        4          4               --       --       --       ---        ---

1994-95       ST. LOUIS                NHL                 15      3        3        6          6               1        0        0        0          2

                    PEORIA                    IHL                   16      2        6        8          25             9        0        4        4          10

1995-96       ST. LOUIS                NHL                 49      8        7        15        30             --       --       --       ---        ---

                    LOS ANGELES        NHL                 11      5        4        9          6               --       --       --       ---        ---

                    WORCESTER           AHL                 5        3        0        3          2               --       --       --       ---        ---

                    UNITES STATES      WC-A              6        1        1        2          2               --       --       --       ---        ---

1996-97       LOS ANGELES        NHL                 31      4        3        7          26             --       --       --       ---        ---

1997-98       LOS ANGELES        NHL                 74      17      21      38        42             4        1        0        1          4

1998-99       LOS ANGELES        NHL                 69      7        12      19        32             --       --       --       ---        ---

                    UNITES STATES      WC-A              6        0        3        3          0               --       --       --       ---        ---

1999-00       LOS ANGELES        NHL                 76      9        14      23        28             4        1        0        1          2

2000-01       LOS ANGELES        NHL                 26      4        5        9          16             --       --       --       ---        ---

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Vs. Devils: Scoring | Stats

January 10, 2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season, and Brian Gionta scored in the first period in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The win was the defending Stanley Cup champion Devils' first in regulation since they beat Pittsburgh 2-0 on Dec. 27 -- a span of seven games.

Toronto captain Mats Sundin and goalie Ed Belfour returned to the lineup, but the Maple Leafs lost their second straight. Sundin was suspended for throwing his broken stick into the stands. Belfour, who made 32 saves, missed three games with a strained groin.

Ed Belfour returned to the net after missing three games with a groin pull. (Graig Abel Photography)

Brodeur made several impressive saves throughout, including a sprawling stop on Sundin in the second period. He leads active goalies with 73 career shutouts, 30 short of Terry Sawchuk's NHL record.

New Jersey scored the only goal of the game with 57 seconds left in the first. Jay Pandolfo made a drop pass to Scott Niedermayer, who took a backhander, and Gionta got the rebound and scored.

Toronto's Mikael Renberg missed a chance from in front of the net when his shot went over the net in the second.

Brodeur made a nice pad save on Gary Roberts in the final two minutes. The Maple Leafs pulled Belfour and put an extra attacker on with a minute left, but they managed just one shot.

Notes: The Maple Leafs are 2-4-2 since their 16-game point streak ended. ... New Jersey's Scott Stevens missed the game with the flu. ... George Hainsworth has the record for shutouts in a season. Hainsworth had 22 in the 44-game season of 1928-29. The post-expansion record is 15 set by Tony Esposito in 1969-70. ... The game had just five penalties, including a fight between Toronto's Nathon Perrott and New Jersey's Rob Skrlac in the first. ... Toronto's Owen Nolan, Alexander Mogilny, Tomas Kaberle, Robert Reichel and Wade Belak were sidelined with injuries.

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