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Leafs Can't Solve Thomas

Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 9:54 PM ET / Features
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Leafs Can\'t Solve Thomas
Matt Iaboni
October 28, 2010
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Playing against the stingy Boston Bruins, the Leafs found themselves down 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes.

Although they tried to fight back, the Leafs couldn't generate many offensive opportunites. Boston put the game away in the second period when Tyler Seguin one-timed a pass from Dennis Seidenberg past Jonas Gustavsson. It was all the scoring on the night as the Bruins sat back and protected their two goal lead for the rest of the game.

6 Hits for Luke Schenn on the night to lead both teams.
1 Career loss for Jonas Gustavsson against the Bruins.
1-17 Leafs power play in the last four games.
0-3-1 Leafs record when trailing after two periods.
100 Career goals for Patrice Bergeron.
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Tim Thomas has been remarkable through his first five games of the season. Not only has he won all of his starts, he has allowed just three goals! He now has a goals against average of just 0.60.

Thomas wasn't terribly busy, facing just 20 shots but he made several big saves including one on Mikhail Grabovski in the third. It was the first shutout against the Leafs at home by the Bruins since December 21, 2000 by Byron Dafoe.

With the injury to Colby Armstrong, it opened the door for Luca Caputi to make his season debut against the Bruins.

Caputi had an excellent scoring chance in the first period when he hit the post. He brought lots of energy, a willingness to take the body and he was rewarded with 13:50 of ice-time. He started the game on the third line but by the third period he was playing with Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin as the Leafs tried to find some offence.

Despite the fact that he hasn't gotten off to the best start, it was evident that the Leafs were missing Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong. Phil Kessel once again led the Leafs with six shots on net but the next closest forward was Grabovski with three.

In his last two starts, Gustavsson has allowed four goals but he has seen his team score a total of one goal. The Leafs will need to find their offence with Armstrong out for a while and Versteeg day-to-day.

Ron Wilson on Tim Thomas and the Leafs' inability to capitalize:
"Tim made some saves. We had some opportunities that we somehow missed in the first five or 10 minutes of the game when we were skating well. We skated well; we just couldn't generate much. You've got to give the Bruins a lot of credit, they're a good defensive team. I mean, on the season Timmy Thomas has only given up three goals in five games. He's on top of things."

Saturday October 30 vs. NY Rangers 
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs play their third game in 16 days against the New York Rangers. The two teams have split the first two games, each team winning on the road.

The Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes at MSG on Friday before facing the Leafs in the back-to-back.

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