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Leafs Take Down Rivals

Tuesday, 01.12.2009 / 11:08 PM / Features
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Leafs Take Down Rivals
Matthew Iaboni
December 1, 2009
Bell Centre
Montreal, QC
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The Maple Leafs took the play to the Montreal Canadiens right from the drop of the puck. The Leafs jumped out to an early lead when Colton Orr scored his first goal in 76 games.

Jeff Finger gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead through the first and Matt Stajan iced the game in the second after a great breakaway pass from Phil Kessel put the Leafs up 3-0 and put the game out of reach for the home team.

1 Goal in a Leafs uniform for Colton Orr, his first in 76 games.
459 Career points for Tomas Kaberle passing Tim Horton for 2nd place among Leafs defencemen.
8 Saves for Jonas Gustavsson before leaving the game after the first period.
10 Out of a possible 14 points the Leafs have recorded in their last seven games.
4 Points for Phil Kessel in his last three games.
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Tomas Kaberle
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Joey MacDonald. It's never easy for a goalie to come into a game cold but that didn't seem to bother the Pictou, Nova Scotia native.

MacDonald was recalled on November 24th and hadn't see any action since the call up but he turned aside all 18 shots that he faced in his 40 minutes. Depending on the severity of Jonas Gustavsson's injury and the status of Vesa Toskala, MacDonald could start Thursday.

Tomas Kaberle has always loved playing against the Canadiens and Tuesday was no different. Kaberle made a great pass to spring Phil Kessel on a breakaway in the first and he also set up Colton Orr for the opening goal.

Kaberle was paired with Mike Komisarek and Kaberle saw 23:44 of ice-time with one assist, a plus two rating and two blocked shots.

After practice and on game days, assistant coach Keith Acton can be found working with the Leafs' centres on their face-off technique. One player who has turned his face-off percentages around from last year has been Mikhail Grabovski.

Last season Grabovski won only 44.5% of his draws but this season Grabovski is at 50.3%. Grabovski was the best Leaf in the face-off circle winning 67% on Tuesday.

Ron Wilson on the status of Jonas Gustavsson:

"He will spend the night in hospital and then go back to Toronto tomorrow. His heart rate came down in the room but we wanted to be cautious."



Thursday December 3 @ Columbus
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs play the second game of a three-game road trip against Rick Nash and the Blue Jackets.

This is only the seventh meeting between the two teams and the Leafs' first visit to Columbus since 2006. The Leafs have never lost in regulation to the Blue Jackets.



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