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Strong Effort Not Enough

Saturday, 13.11.2010 / 11:28 PM / Features
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Strong Effort Not Enough
Anthony Laksmana
November 13, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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FINAL P1 P2 P3 OT SO T
2 1 2 0 0 5
2 1 0 0 0 3

With the game all tied up at three after two periods, the Toronto Maple Leafs came out with a very spirited final period, arguably their best third period they've played all season. With less than 7 minutes to go in the game, Mason Raymond took a low slapper just past the blue line that beat J.S. Giguere right between the pads.

The go-ahead goal by Raymond took the winds out of the Leafs' proverbial sails and certainly a goal Giguere wish he could have back.

8 Winless games for the Leafs (0-6-2).
1 Goal by Phil Kessel tonight, his first point since the losing streak began.
5-0-1 Vancouver Canucks record against Eastern Conference teams this season.
2/4 Canucks on the power play tonight.
24:55 Total ice team by Francois Beauchemin.
1st Star
Ryan Kesler
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +1 6
2nd Star
Mikhail Grabovski
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2   3
3rd Star
Mason Raymond
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2
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Canucks centre Ryan Kelser continued his hot start to the season. He was a force in middle for the Canucks scoring a pair on 6 shots in 20:40 minutes of ice time.

Kelser picked up his 8th goal of the season in the first period on a feed from Mikael Samuelsson and Mason Raymond. After drawing a high-sticking penalty on Mikhail Grabovski in the second period, he scored on the power play, his second goal of the game.

Mikhail Grabovski played a strong for the blue and white notching a goal in the second period that tied it up at three. It was his 3rd goal in 4 games.

However, the play of Keith Aulie was hard to ignore, who played a very solid game in his first NHL game of his career. The 6'5 defenceman showed his strong skating skills by moving the puck very well and using his long reach to get his stick the passing lanes.

The Vancouver Canucks came into the game with the second-best power play in the league and they showed it tonight. With an effective power play at 26.8%, the Canucks were able to capitalize twice on 4 opportunities with the man advantage.

Daniel Sedin picked up his 11th goal of the season on the power play in the first period and Ryan Kesler notched his second of the game just 56 seconds into the second period.

Ron Wilson on recent callups, Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie:
 
"The young guys played very well. Nazi made 3 or 4 great plays that special people make. He didn't do anything that hurt us defensively. Keith Aulie played very well for a defenceman at his age in his first game. He skates very well, moved the puck, made heads-up plays and defended in our zone very well. He's better now than in training camp."



Tuesday, November 16 vs. Nashville 
7:00 PM ET (SNET-O, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs face the Nashville Predators for the first time this season.

The Predators snapped a five-game losing streak overall and four-game road losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win at St. Louis last Thursday. They begin a four-game road trip in Toronto..



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