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Kule Caps Comeback

Saturday, 27.03.2010 / 10:59 PM / Features
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Kule Caps Comeback
Matthew Iaboni
March 27, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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FINAL P1 P2 P3 OT T
2 0 0 0 2
0 1 1 1 3

Heading into the third period down was a position the Maple Leafs have been in many times this season. They had yet to come back and win and that was looking to be the case once again. But Tomas Kaberle scored from an bad angle with less then four to go to force OT.

Just like Thursday, the Leafs scored 39 seconds into overtime, this time Nikolai Kulemin took a rebound and scored on the wrap around to become the latest Leafs' overtime hero.

7 Straight wins by the Leafs in overtime or the shootout.
4 Penalties that were called on the night.
:39 Seconds into overtime the Leafs won the last two games
1 Win this season for the Leafs when trailing after two periods.
19 Points the Leafs have picked up this month, the most for any month this season.
1st Star
Nikolai Kulemin
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2
2nd Star
Jonas Gustavsson
SA SV GA TOI SV%
38 36 2 60:39 .947
3rd Star
Henrik Lundqvist
SA SV GA TOI SV%
32 29 3 60:39 .906
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Jonas Gustavsson continues to be red-hot. The Swedish netminder outduelled fellow countryman Henrik Lundqvist and led the Leafs to the 3-2 victory. It was his seventh straight win.

Gustavsson showed tremendous resolve after having a rough first 20 minutes. He settled down and made numerous big saves to allow the Leafs to tie the game. He showed off his great reflexes as he made two big saves late in the third period with his left leg.

Tomas Kaberle had his best game in a long time on Saturday. The Leafs' veteran not only had the tying goal, he also helped set up the winner. It had been six games since his last point and 17 games since his last goal.

Kaberle was paired most of the night with Luke Schenn and the duo had a very good game. Kaberle was a plus three to go along with his two points as he tries to rediscover his early season success.

The number 7 has become pretty special for the Maple Leafs. The Leafs were able to win their seventh straight overtime or shootout game. Jonas Gustavsson also became the first Leafs goalie since Andrew Raycroft to win seven straight starts. 

The other reason that number 7 had special meaning on Saturday? 007 James Bond star Daniel Craig was in attendance. He sat a few rows behind the Leafs bench and loved every minute of the game.

Ron Wilson on Jonas Gustavsson overcoming a rough first::

"Those weren't good goals. I think he'd be the first one to tell you that, especially the wrap-around. But he hung in there. I wasn't sure, you know, because that (Lundqvist) is almost his idol across the way. In the first period it looked like he was nervous. But certainly Jonas I'd say was the first star because of the number of saves he had to make along the way to keep us in there."



Sunday March 28 @ Pittsburgh Penguins
  5 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out the back-to-back when they take on former teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky and the Penguins.

Pittsburgh is in a dogfight with the New Jersey Devils for the Atlantic Division crown. The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 win over Philadelphia as they play the second game of a six-game homestand.



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