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Leafs Burn Thrashers

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 10:40 PM

Associated Press

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Leafs Burn Thrashers
Toronto Maple Leafs 9, Atlanta Thrashers 3
ATLANTA -- Clarke MacArthur didn't want the game to end because he was having too much fun.

MacArthur scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the Atlanta Thrashers 9-3 on Friday night.

``It was one of those games when every shot is going in,'' he said. ``Everything worked against them.''

Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin also scored two goals to power the offence.

Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong and Phil Kessel added goals for the Maple Leafs, who scored nine straight - including six in the second period - for their second straight win overall and third consecutive on the road.

``For them, it was like quicksand,'' said MacArthur, who played 21 games for Atlanta last season. ``The harder they tried the worse it got.''

James Reimer made 41 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had six goals in a span of 7:43 of the second period. Toronto had a 2-1 lead before the offensive barrage started with Armstrong's goal at 12:06.

``That was one of the best second periods I've ever seen,'' Reimer said. ``I'm not sure how it happened.''

Tobias Enstrom gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead early in the first before Atlanta's defence collapsed.

Ben Eager didn't help matters. The defenceman's four penalty minutes for roughing and cross-checking led to a power-play goal by Grabovski, his 16th overall this season, that gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.

Late in the second, Eager was ejected and given a match penalty for intent to injure Armstrong, a former Thrashers forward. That led to a power-play goal by Kulemin, two by MacArthur, and another by Kessel.

Eager appeared to retaliate for Armstrong's hit on Bryan Little a few seconds earlier, but he might have been trying to avenge Armstrong's clean hit against Rich Peverley's knee in the first.

``We don't condone anything,'' Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said of Eager's performance. ``We want our players to play hard.

``We want them to play physical with body checks and fight for the puck. We can't condone that.''

Less than three minutes in, Atlanta's Eric Boulton and Toronto's Colton Orr had the first fight of the game.

Maple Leafs forward Joey Crabb served a double high-sticking penalty after he drew blood from Dustin Byfuglien's face. The Thrashers defenceman returned to the game.

Patrice Cormier and Andrew Ladd added third-period goals for Atlanta, cutting the deficit to 9-3.

Grabovski's 17th goal made it 5-1 at 15:15 of the second. He has scored 12 times in 14 games and has recorded a point in five of six.

``Once it got to 5-1, things kind of got away on the penalty kill,'' Thrashers defenceman Ron Hainsey said. ``We weren't able to do the job, and that's disappointing because our PK has been really good for the better part of two months.''

Toronto was trying for its first 10-goal game since Jan. 4, 2007, when the Maple Leafs won 10-2 at Boston. The Maple Leafs have scored at least 10 goals 35 times.

Versteeg started the onslaught when his 12th goal lifted Toronto into a 1-1 tie 9:43 in.

Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec played into the second before being replaced by Chris Mason, who was pulled later in the period. Mason played the entire third period and finished with six saves on 10 shots.

``That was unbelievable,'' MacArthur said after of Atlanta's three goalie changes. ``I feel bad for their goalies.

``I don't know if some of the shots were screened or not.''

Pavelec (15-9-4), began the game ranked second in the NHL in save percentage, but had a rough night - stopping 19 of 24 shots.

``We were embarrassed, but there's another day,'' Pavelec said. ``We gave it to them. We paid a price. Everything went wrong.''

NOTES: Toronto D Tomas Kaberle had four assists. ... The Maple Leafs improved to 13-5-2 at Philips Arena. ... Atlanta LW Evander Kane missed the game because of a lower body injury.


scoring summary
1st Period
02:36
ATL
Tobias Enstrom (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Ben Eager (7)
1 - 0 ATL
09:43
TOR
Kris Versteeg (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Colby Armstrong (4), Carl Gunnarsson (4)
1 - 1 Tie
15:08
TOR
PPG - Mikhail Grabovski (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Phil Kessel (12), Tomas Kaberle (24)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
12:06
TOR
Colby Armstrong (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Versteeg (17), Francois Beauchemin (8)
3 - 1 TOR
13:25
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (15), Mike Komisarek (8)
4 - 1 TOR
15:15
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (21), Nikolai Kulemin (13)
5 - 1 TOR
18:00
TOR
PPG - Nikolai Kulemin (15) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (25)
6 - 1 TOR
19:14
TOR
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (14), Tomas Kaberle (26)
7 - 1 TOR
19:49
TOR
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (12) Tip-in - ASST: Kris Versteeg (18), Tomas Kaberle (27)
8 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
01:32
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Francois Beauchemin (9), Tyler Bozak (9)
9 - 1 TOR
14:09
ATL
Patrice Cormier (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
9 - 2 TOR
19:12
ATL
Andrew Ladd (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Little (13), Niclas Bergfors (14)
9 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:38
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
02:38
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
10:49
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Hooking against  Rich Peverley
13:52
ATL
Ben Eager  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
13:52
ATL
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
2nd Period
08:42
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Tobias Enstrom
17:05
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  Darryl Boyce
17:05
ATL
Ben Eager  Match penalty against  Dion Phaneuf
17:05
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Ben Eager
3rd Period
05:08
TOR
Joey Crabb  Hi stick - double minor against  Dustin Byfuglien
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 44TOI: 59:32
Saves: 41EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .932SH: 0 - 0
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
15-9-4
SA: 24TOI: 34:05
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .792SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 10TOI: 25:49
Saves: 6EV: 3 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
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