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Shutout By The King

Saturday, 10.30.2010 / 9:41 PM ET / Features
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Shutout By The King
Matt Iaboni
October 30, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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Trailing 1-0 late in the second period, with a face-off in the Rangers' zone, the Leafs had a set play ready to go but Ryan Callahan intercepted the Dion Phaneuf pass and was away to the races.

Phil Kessel dove and tripped Callahan which resulted in a penalty shot. The Rangers' forward made a nice move on J.S. Giguere and he put away the goal that sealed the Leafs' fate on this night.

18 Dion Phaneuf shots that were either stopped, blocked or missed the net.
23 Goals scored by the Leafs in the first 10 games of the season.
3 Goals for Brian Boyle against the Leafs this season.
122:24 Goalless streak for the Leafs.
35 Blocked shots by the Rangers.
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Henrik Lundqvist
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Dan Girardi
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Brian Boyle
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For the second straight game, the Leafs couldn't solve the opposition goaltender. Henrik (The King) Lundqvist was busier than Tim Thomas was on Thursday in recording his first shutout against the Leafs.

Lundqvist made 36 saves, many of them were stellar. He robbed Tyler Bozak a few times and after stopping Dion Phaneuf with the Leafs pressing late, Mikhail Grabovski spun and had the puck hit the post and slide across the goalline.

It has been a frustrating start to the season for Tyler Bozak. The sophomore centre has scored just one goal this season, but he had several chances Saturday to increase that total.

Bozak's six shots on net were the most of any Leafs' forward and he won 13 of his 20 face-offs in his 19:20 of action. The only thing he couldn't do was solve Lundqvist. Ron Wilson tried to get his top players going by mixing up the lines but it didn't work on this night.

Despite the fact that the Leafs have scored just seven goals in the past six games, they are getting plenty of chances.

Not only did they register 36 shots on net Saturday, they had 35 shots blocked and 21 missed the net completely. That works out to 92 shots attempted. The Rangers on the other hand 35 shots directed at the net. The Leafs had the numbers going their way except on the scoreboard where it matters most.

Ron Wilson assessing the Leafs at the 10-game mark:
"If we had won tonight we're 6-3-1 and you know that's a really good start. This (5-4-1) is an OK start and we've got a lot of work ahead of us. But I'm not discouraged at all. We're getting our opportunities; we've got to find a way to score ... I can't complain about our effort. I don't think we think like goal scorers enough."

Tuesday November 2 vs. Ottawa 
7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Battle Of Ontario takes place for the second time this season at Air Canada Centre.

In the first meeting, the Leafs crushed the Senators 5-1. Ottawa is coming off a shutout as well as they lost to the Boston Bruins and Tim Thomas 4-0 on Saturday.

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