Matthew Iaboni December 14, 2009
Air Canada Centre
The Maple Leafs and Senators played an even game for most of the night. With the Leafs leading 3-2 and just 35.3 seconds left in the game the Senators thought they had tied it but Jesse Winchester was ruled to have kicked the puck past Vesa Toskala and the goal was waved off.
The Leafs were able to hang on for the final seconds as they won their fourth straight at home for the first time since 2006-07 when they won nine consecutive at the ACC.
Goals the Leafs have scored in their last four second periods at the ACC.
Seconds after the Senators tied it, Phil Kessel made it 2-1 Leafs.
Assists for Garnet Exelby on the night. He entered the game with one assist.
Leafs record when leading after two periods.
Shots for the Leafs, second lowest total of the year.
Mikhail Grabovski continues to be one of the top Leafs of late. Despite having his six-game point streak snapped, he continues to force have create chances for himself and his linemates.
Grabovski was orginally credited with scoring the winning goal on Monday but it was later changed to Francois Beauchemin. After a slow start, Grabovski has recorded 24 points in 33 games this season.
The defensive pairing of Jeff Finger and Garnet Exelby were both rock solid against the Senators. Although not known for his offensive skills, Exelby had two assists and finished the game plus three. He also had some big hits and blocked two shots.
Finger has been back in the lineup for the last two games and although he missed some third period action, Finger finished the night plus two. Both Finger and Exelby bring a physical element to the blueline.
It was another typical edition of the Battle Of Ontario with lots of hits and of course one fight.
Exelby threw some nifty hip checks; Finger nailed Jarkko Ruutu and Mike Komisarek made a thunderous check on Alexei Kovalev. First Star, Komisarek led all players with five hits and Third Star Alexei Ponikarovsky added four on the night.
Francois Beauchemin on winning at home:
"It’s huge for us especially right now. We need every point we can and against a divisional game we don’t want to give those teams any points. So it was great to win in regulation tonight.”
Wednesday December 16 vs. Phoenix Coyotes 7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)
This is the only meeting between the two teams this season. The Coyotes are currently on a four-game road trip that will see them make stops in Detroit, Toronto, Columbus and Anaheim.
The Coyotes have allowed the fourth fewest goals in the NHL this season heading into Monday's action.