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Leafs Shoot Down Stars

Monday, 22.11.2010 / 11:04 PM / Features
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Leafs Shoot Down Stars
Matt Iaboni
November 22, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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FINAL P1 P2 P3 OT SO T
0 1 0 0 0 1
1 2 1 0 0 4

The Leafs had taken a 2-0 lead but just 1:26 later, Brad Richards got the Stars to within a goal on his 10th of the year.

Mired in a seven-game goallesss drought, Tyler Bozak took the Nazem Kadri feed on the 3-on-2 and roofed the puck past Kari Lehtonen for the insurance marker. The Stars weren't able to solve Jonas Gustavsson the rest of the night as the Leafs would add an empty-netter.

34 Shifts for Luke Schenn which was a game high.
- 4 For Stephane Robidas on the night.
87 Saves on 91 shots by Jonas Gustavsson in his last three starts.
7 Leafs to record at least one point.
4 Goals for Nikolai Kulemin in three career games against Dallas.
1st Star
Nikolai Kulemin
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +2 5
2nd Star
Mikhail Grabovski
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 3
3rd Star
Luke Schenn
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 +1 3
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The strong start to Nikolai Kulemin's season continued against Dallas. He scored the first two Leafs goals with the second being the winner. 

The first goal he had was a nice tip-in as he stood in front of the Stars' net and couldn't be moved. On his second tally, he used his great shot to rifle it past Lehtonen. Kulemin has now scored seven goals, which is tied for second on the team. He was a plus two in 16:07 of ice-time with five shots which tied him with Nazem Kadri for the team high.

Luke Schenn's development was once again on display against the Stars. He was by far the Leafs' most physical blueliner (three hits), wasn't afraid to block shots as he had four while also having an active stick to take away the puck from the Dallas forwards.

With his added physicality, Schenn is the team leader in hits (62), and plus/minus (+5) while he is second in blocked shots (42) . His offensive game is improving as he has six points so far this season.

Early on this season, the Leafs were playing a tight defensive game, not giving up many goals or chances. Over their past four games they have surrenderred just eight goals, scoring 12 and winning three of their last four games.

A renewed commitment to defence, steady goaltending from Gustavsson and better special teams is the way for the Leafs to get back on track and into a position to fight for a playoff spot.

Ron Wilson on why Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur complement each other:
 
"I don't know why. They talk a lot. Grabo and Kulie are friends and they've been here and played a lot together. I think Clarke MacArthur views this as a real good opportunity to play with two guys like that who pay attention and think the game and sit together on the bench and plot things out and then they go out and execute it."



Friday, November 26 @ Buffalo 
7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs travel down the QEW to take on their Northeast Division rival Buffalo Sabres for the first meeting in Buffalo this season.

The Sabres have won the only meeting so far this season. Five of the last eight Sabres' games have gone in to overtime or the shootout.



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