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Leafs Rolling On The Road

Thursday, 03.12.2009 / 10:48 PM / Features
Matthew Iaboni
December 3, 2009
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Columbus, OH
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The Blue Jackets cut the lead to 2-1early in the second but Jason Blake's first goal in 13 games put the Leafs up 3-1. Blake finished off a great passing play between Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski that found him wide open in front of the Jackets' net.

Blake would add his second of the night after another nice feed from Grabovski. It was Blake's first multi-goal game since last February.

1200 NHL games coached by Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.
38 Games between even strength goals for Jason Blake.
93:49 Leafs shutout streak that was snapped on the Blue Jackets second period goal.
10 Goals for Phil Kessel. More than any Boston Bruin.
4 Straight road wins for the Maple Leafs.
1st Star
Jason Blake
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Phil Kessel
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Joey MacDonald
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Joey MacDonald. For the second straight game MacDonald turned aside some glorious chances including two early in the second when he stopped Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette on 2-on-1's on the same Leafs' power play.

Despite the scoreline, MacDonald made some big saves when the game was still on the line. He had Nash's number all game long stopping all five of the Blue Jackets sniper's shots.

Nikolai Kulemin has found himself in a different role this season but the 23-year-old has adapted well to a more defensive game.

Kulemin has been reliable defensively and is paired with Wayne Primeau on the penalty kill. Against the Blue Jackets, Kulemin scored the Leafs' second short-handed goal of the season when he stole the puck from Anton Stralman and ripped a shot past Mathieu Garon.

The Maple Leafs have been a different team on the road this season and their record on the road is now at 6-5-4 while at Air Canada Centre it is 2-7-3. They have won four in a row on the road.

The offence has been much better on the road as well. In their last five road games they have scored 24 goals which is an average of 4.8. If the Leafs are to climb back into the playoff race, they will need to bring the same scoring touch to the ACC.

Jason Blake on his two-goal performance:

"It was great. It hasn't been great so far. Just trying to do the simple things, Grabo (Grabovski) made a couple of great passes. It was a great team effort."



Saturday December 5 @ Boston
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs close out their three-game road trip against their Northeast Division rival Boston Bruins.

The two teams haven't met this season but they will also play at Boston on December 10th and at Toronto on December 19th.



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