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That's A Wrap

Saturday, 09.04.2011 / 11:16 PM / Features
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That\'s A Wrap
Matt Iaboni
April 9, 2011
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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In the last two games, the Maple Leafs have gotten behind early and they weren't able to come back. Saturday against Montreal, the Canadiens were leading 2-0 just 6:12 into the game. Phil Kessel got the home team within one but that was as close as it got.

Late in the second period, on a Montreal power play, Brian Gionta scored his second of the game to push the lead to the 3-1. With the loss, the Leafs finished the season on a three-game winless streak.

85 Points for the Maple Leafs this season.
68 Per cent on faceoffs for Tyler Bozak which was tops in the game.
20 Wins for James Reimer on the season, seventh best for Leafs rookie goalies.
+14 Rating for Mikhail Grabovski to finish the season, best on the team.
18-15-8 Final home record for the Leafs.
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Phil Kessel
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Canadiens captain Brian Gionta was the best player for either team on Saturday. He scored the second Canadiens' goal in the first period on a great shot that beat James Reimer upstairs.

Gionta's second goal of the game and 29th of the season in the second put the game away. He has played in 124 straight games. He has had some success against the Leafs with 13 goals in 31 career games. His goal production this season was his most in five seasons.

Joe Colborne and Matt Frattin both made their NHL debuts against the rival Canadiens. Colborne centred Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Colborne picked up an assist in his 18:41 of action with one shot, one hit and he won three of nine faceoffs.

Frattin was signed Friday and he flew in early Saturday to Toronto. He had five shots which was tied for second most on the team in 15:34 of ice time. He is a good skater and was very tough to knock off the puck.



Phil Kessel ended the season on a roll. With his goal against Montreal it extended his point scoring streak to 10 games where he recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists). The streak is the longest for a Maple Leaf since Mats Sundin went on an 11-game point streak during the 2005-06 season. .

Kessel's turnaround occured just after the All-Star break. Since February 8th, he had 30 points in 29 games for the surging Leafs.

Ron Wilson's impressions of Matt Fratin and Joe Colborne:
 
"They both played well. I was probably most impressed with Matt Fratin. I mean, he was a dog on a bone with the puck and without having a practice there seemed to be some chemistry with Bozie and Nazie ... I think Joe needs some time to get stronger but he made plays; he might have been nervous early in the game but that kind of went away and I was pretty impressed. He's going to be a really good player, no doubt.”



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