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Leafs Snow In Devils

Sunday, 26.12.2010 / 10:53 PM / Features
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Leafs Snow In Devils
Matt Iaboni
December 26, 2010
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
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FINAL P1 P2 P3 OT SO T
1 2 1 0 0 4
0 0 1 0 0 1

The Maple Leafs had a 1-0 lead after the first period and they capitalized in the second to put the game out of reach.

Just before the midway point, John Mitchell scored in his second straight game as he went to the net to poke home the rebound on the Kristopher Versteeg shot. With the period coming to a close, Clarke MacArthur showed great hustle and his sweet pass was converted by Nikolai Kulemin to put the Leafs up 3-0.

3 Straight wins for the Leafs over the Devils.
7 Career fights for Ilya Kovalchuk who scrapped it out with Dion Phaneuf.
3/14 Goals and shots for the Leafs against Martin Brodeur.
22:51 Ice-time for Luke Schenn to lead all Leafs.
5,329 Announced attendance due to severe snowstorm.
1st Star
Kristopher Versteeg
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +3 3
2nd Star
Colby Armstrong
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +3 3
3rd Star
Jonas Gustavsson
SA SV GA TOI SV%
30 29 1 60:00 .966
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The Leafs got a great performance from the line of Colby Armstrong, John Mitchell and Kristopher Versteeg.

Armstrong had an excellent night as he had his first two-goal game as a Maple Leaf, was a plus three and a big part of the Leafs' penalty-killing unit. His first goal got the Leafs off on the right foor and his second goal was the last of the night to ensure the two points. The Leafs are 10-7-1 with him in the lineup compared to 3-10-3 without him.

It had been a struggle of late for Jonas Gustavsson but against the Devils he regained his form from earlier this season.

The Monster made numerous big stops in the second and third periods. A late Devils' goal spoiled Gustavsson's bid for his second career shutout. He picked up his first win since December 6 in Washington and also his fifth win of the season. He also improved his career record to 2-1 against New Jersey.



The game against the Devils marked the first of five games in the next nine nights for the Maple Leafs who play every other night until January 3rd.

This is a busy stretch as the next two games are at home (Carolina and Columbus) followed by a New Year's Day game in Ottawa. The next two games at home are vital as the Leafs play eight games in January on the road compared to just five at home.

Ron Wilson on the play of the John Mitchell-Colby Armstrong-Kristopher Versteeg line and the small crowd due to the weather:
 
"They had a good game. They did a great job forechecking and obviously scored three of the goals so it was a great game for those guys. I don't know how many fans come to the game here anyways, these games are tough for the road, to have to travel early in the morning. Our guys were professional and we were ready.''



Tuesday, December 28 vs. Carolina 
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs return home to take on the Hurricanes who will be playing the first game of a back-to-back.

Carolina is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Boxing Day. The Hurricanes have now lost three straight and they sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, six points out of eighth.



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