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Struggles In Beantown Continue

Thursday, 10.12.2009 / 10:49 PM / Features
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Struggles In Beantown Continue
Matthew Iaboni
December 10, 2009
TD Garden
Boston, MA
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The Maple Leafs were playing their third game in four nights and they had a sluggish start as the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Leafs had a chance to get back in the game in the second but Tuukka Rask robbed Tomas Kaberle with a quick right pad save and seconds later David Krejci blocked a Luke Schenn shot and raced down to put the Bruins up 3-0 on the great breakaway goal.

7 Straight wins for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs.
4 Games without a goal for Phil Kessel.
1 Point as a Maple Leaf for Mike Komisarek.
12-4 The combined score the Bruins have outscored the Leafs in the last two games.
15 Times the Leafs have fallen behind 2-0 this season.
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Tuukka Rask continues to be lights out for the Bruins. He improves his record to 8-1-2 in his last 11 starts and he is also 3-0 against the Leafs in his career.

Rask made numerous stops in the second including the one on Kaberle but it was the third period where he shut the door on the Leafs. After allowing two quick goals, Rask wouldn't let the equalizer beat him as he turned aside 12 of the 14 shots he saw in the third period.

The first 40 minutes the Leafs had trouble generating much offence but in the third period Mikhail Grabovski was all over the ice as he and his linemates tried to get the Leafs back in the game.

Grabovski got the first Leafs goal of the night when he went hard to the net and put in the loose puck to give him a five-game point streak where he has picked up six points.

Coming into the game, the Bruins were the second best face-off team in the NHL and despite the Leafs winning 55 percent of the draws on the night, the Bruins won the two key draws and were ready to capitalize on set plays.

Mark Stuart and Derek Morris goals both came off face-off wins by Marc Savard as the Leafs lost the draws and couldn't make it out to cover the point men in time.

Ron Wilson on what the Leafs must change to improve their penalty killing:

"Some guys have to wake up. When a guy's standing behind you it's not your system. It's a mental mistake and that happened a couple of times tonight."



Saturday December 12 vs. Washington Capitals
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out their busy week when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. This is the third of four meetings this season and the second in Toronto. 

The Capitals will be closing out a back-to-back as they host the Hurricanes on Friday.



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