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Powerful End To Losing Streak

Tuesday, 16.11.2010 / 10:44 PM / Features
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Powerful End To Losing Streak
Matt Iaboni
November 16, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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FINAL P1 P2 P3 OT SO T
3 1 0 0 0 4
1 4 0 0 0 5

After the Leafs were down 4-1, their power play exploded in the second. Two from Kristopher Versteeg and one from Mikhail Grabovski tied the game.

With the Leafs on yet another power play, it was Nikolai Kulemin who banged home the loose puck to send Air Canada Centre into a frenzy. For the first time since 2005, the Leafs scored four power play goals in a game. It would be the biggest and last goal of the night.

588 Career wins for Ron Wilson tying him for seventh on the all-time list.
1 Career NHL point for Nazem Kadri after his second period assist.
3:30 Time between 3 goals for the Predators in the first.
5 Points in three games for Clarke MacArthur.
6 Saves for Jonas Gustavsson in the third period.
1st Star
Kristopher Versteeg
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 E 5
2nd Star
Nikolai Kulemin
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 -1 3
3rd Star
Jonas Gustavsson
SA SV GA TOI SV%
6 6 0 13:09 1.00
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While Clarke MacArthur factored into the final three Leafs goals, it was Versteeg who had his best game with the Blue and White. Not only did he score for the first time in five games, his two goals got them within striking distance.

He led all forwards in ice-time with 22:51; he had five shots on goal; played the point on the power play and was dangerous all night. He was on the ice late in the game protecting the lead.

Although the Leafs' power play will get lots of credit, the work of both J.S. Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson can't be understated. Giguere pulled himself from the game seven minutes into the third period with what Ron Wilson said was a groin tweak.

Gustavsson came in and he made two fabulous saves off the bat, one off David Legwand and the other off Shea Weber. It was his first action since last Wednesday against Florida.

It was a special night for the struggling Leafs' power play. Coming into the game they were just four for their last 45 with the extra man. Against the Predators they were four for eight and jumped from 27th to 17th in tthe NHL.

Known to be too patient, the Leafs were letting the shots go in the second period as they scored the four goals on 10 shots. They seemed to have more urgency on the power play than in games past.

A relieved Ron Wilson on the Leafs' winning a wild, weird game:
 
"It was a strange game to say the least and I'm glad we won. It's one of those kinds of games that when you look back on it, hopefully it puts an abrupt stop to the slide we've been in and we can use it for momentum. But that goal by Luke, great play by Luke getting in there and a great shot seemed to change our mentality going into the second period."



Thursday, November 18 vs. New Jersey 
7:00 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs play the first of four meetings against the struggling New Jersey Devils.

It has been an awful start to the season for the Devils. They are without Zach Parise who is out three months with a knee injury and Ilya Kovalchuk has scored only four goals and is a minus 9 through 17 gamse.



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