Matthew Iaboni April 10, 2010
The Maple Leafs weren't able to win the game in regulation and spoil the Canadiens' playoff hopes. Winning in overtime was just as good for the Leafs to end the season on a positive note.
After leveling the score in the third period, John Mitchell and Christian Hanson made some nifty passes before Hanson made a great feed to Dion Phaneuf who one-timed home the winner. It was Phaneuf's second as a Leaf and second in consecutive games.
Hits for the Maple Leafs in the game.
Games between shorthanded goals for the Leafs.
Leafs power play over the final 13 games of the year.
Heading into the final game of the season, Christian Hanson was looking for his first goal of the year. He not only scored one but he had two and he also helped set up the winner in overtime. It was the first three point game of his NHL career.
Hanson's first goal came after Jaroslav Halak misplayed the puck and his second came shorthanded in the third period on a nice backhander. Hanson finsihed the night with a season high 19:08 of ice-time.
Playing in just his third ever game in Montreal, native son J.S. Giguere put on a show to give the Leafs a chance to win the game. Although he allowed three goals, Giguere was especially strong in the third period.
Giguere's best stop came late in the third period when he stopped Andrei Kostitsyn in close on the one-timer. Jiggy finished the game with 34 saves as he improved to 5-2-1 in eight career games against the Canadiens. It was a great way to end the year for the Leafs netminder.
Since the trades on January 31st, the Maple Leafs have been much improved in net, better penalty killing and they've also become the youngest team in the NHL at 26.6 years of age.
From January 31st, the Leafs went 13-10-3 and they ended the month of April 2-2-1. March was the best month of the year for the Leafs as they were 9-5-2 to pick up 20 of a possible 32 points.
Christian Hanson on the Leafs thinking headed to the third::
"We were talking about how we wanted to end it before overtime and make them wait until (Sunday) to see if they get in the playoffs or not. That didn't happen, but we had a lot of pride on the line and we were going to win."