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Giveaways Hurt Leafs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

The Canadian Press

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Giveaways Hurt Leafs
Vancouver Canucks 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Three Stars of the Game
Alexandre Burrows
1st
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:22
Tyler Bozak
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 19:29
Chris Higgins
3rd
Chris Higgins
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:26






TORONTO -- A little motivation can turn Alexandre Burrows into an awfully
  THREE STAR SELECTIONS

1st Star
Alexandre Burrows
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 6
2nd Star
Tyler Bozak
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 -2 1
3rd Star
  Chris Higgins
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 1
dangerous hockey player.

The Vancouver Canucks winger scored a key goal and set up linemate Daniel Sedin for another Saturday as the Canucks wrapped up their road trip in style with a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Burrows is a Montreal native who makes no bones about his dislike of the Leafs, a team he's dominated during his NHL career. The agitator has 13 points in nine career games against Toronto - all of them Vancouver victories.

``Ever since I came here, I came in the league, the Leafs have always been a team I hated as a kid,'' said Burrows. ``For some reason it feels good to play here - it's a great building, the fans are great, it's nice to play. I know a lot of fans in Vancouver don't like this team.

``It just makes it extra special.''

The Leafs simply couldn't find an answer for Vancouver's top line of Burrows, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, who returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday's game in Carolina with back spasms. That unit kept possession of the puck the majority of the night and accounted for the two most important goals of the game.

Burrows found Daniel Sedin with a perfect pass late in the second period to put Vancouver ahead 3-2 before scoring himself with a perfectly placed wrist shot to make it 4-2 with less than six minutes remaining.

``He's the reason we are good as a line,'' Daniel Sedin, last year's NHL scoring champion, said of Burrows. ``He's the reason why we're producing offensively. He
  BY THE NUMBERS

:62 Seconds into the game that the Canucks took the lead.
2 Times this season that Tyler Bozak has had a three-point game.
10 Goals allowed by the Leafs in the last two games.
9 Straight losses for the Leafs against the Canucks.
1-4-1 Leafs' record this season in the second game of back-to-back.
does a lot of the dirty work and like I said, I hope everyone gives him enough credit. We certainly do.''

Roberto Luongo had a strong performance with 26 saves while Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen added goals for the Canucks (19-11-2), who seem to have their groove back with points in 11 of 13 games.

Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel replied for Toronto (16-13-3).

``We're right where I expected we would be,'' said Leafs coach Ron Wilson. ``We just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. It's as simple as that.''

Even though the Leafs were playing for the second straight night and Vancouver was wrapping up a five-game road trip, two of the NHL's better-skating teams played at a high pace. The back-and-forth game featured quality scoring chances at both ends and excellent goaltending despite all of the scoring.

Luongo and Jonas Gustavsson traded eye-popping saves in the first period _ with the Canucks goaltender hearing chants of ``Luuuu!'' from the large cluster of Canucks fans at Air Canada Centre when he got his glove on a Colby Armstrong shot before his counterpart came across his crease to rob Burrows soon after.

``Our guys really wanted to have this game tonight,'' said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. ``I thought we did a real good job. I mean that team has a tremendous amount of speed and skill up front and they've got three (defencemen) that love to jump up in the attack.

``It was a good game.''

Despite dropping their second game in as many night, the Leafs were encouraged that they were able to compete with the Canucks.
  LEAFS REMARKS

Ron Wilson on a big factor in the losses to Buffalo and Vancouver:

"We've just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot it's as simple as that ... too many giveaways. Tonight and generally last night our D really struggled moving pucks and getting it out cleanly. We've got to solidify our back end and start making simple plays ... our defensive gap was awful tonight. I think you have to first of all give Vancouver a lot of credit, they wore our D down by cycling the puck I mean for 30-40 seconds on end and that's a lot of work for the D. Then when we got the puck we were too tired to make a good play with it."


``We were right there,'' Lupul said. ``We're down one with a couple minutes left. There's no question in our minds we can play with that team. ... We were close but we weren't quite there tonight.''

After Higgins and Lupul traded goals in the first period, Raymond put Vancouver ahead 2-1 just 49 seconds into the second period. He picked up a loose puck in the high slot and beat Gustavsson for his third goal in seven games since returning from the serious back injury he suffered during last year's Stanley Cup final.

Raymond is thrilled to be contributing after spending so much time on the sidelines.

``If I can continue at this pace, I'd be very happy,'' he said.

After Bozak tied the game, Burrows and the Sedins took centre stage. The backhand pass Burrows found Daniel Sedin with late in the second period showed he can be a playmaker as well as scorer.

As far as he's concerned, it couldn't have come in much better setting.

``I grew up in Montreal and when you're a Habs fan growing up, it seems it's just in your blood (to hate the Leafs),'' said Burrows. ``It's a great place to play. As a kid, you always dreamed to play 'Hockey Night in Canada' in Toronto.

``It's a coast-to-coast game and you want to show what your team's all about.''

Notes: The teams meet again Feb. 18 at Rogers Arena ... Andrew Ebbett, Andrew Alberts and Alexander Sulzer sat out for Vancouver ... The Leafs scratched David Steckel, Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill ... Announced attendance was 19,633.
NEXT GAME:

Monday, December 19
  vs. Los Angeles Kings
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)


The struggling Los Angeles Kings are in town for the only meeting this season between the two teams.

The Kings are coming off an 8-2 blowout loss to Detroit. Terry Murray was fired as head coach last week and Darryl Sutter will take over behind the bench but not until Tuesday.






scoring summary
1st Period
01:02
VAN
Chris Higgins (9) ASST: Alexander Edler (17), Sami Salo (9)
1 - 0 VAN
03:58
TOR
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (15) ASST: Tyler Bozak (14), John-Michael Liles (16)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:49
VAN
Mason Raymond (3) ASST: Ryan Kesler (16), Chris Higgins (12)
2 - 1 VAN
07:33
TOR
Tyler Bozak (7) ASST: Phil Kessel (20)
2 - 2 Tie
19:16
VAN
Daniel Sedin (13) ASST: Alexandre Burrows (8), Kevin Bieksa (12)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
14:06
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (11) ASST: Henrik Sedin (28), Dan Hamhuis (14)
4 - 2 VAN
17:17
TOR
Phil Kessel (19) ASST: Tyler Bozak (15), John-Michael Liles (17)
4 - 3 VAN
18:20
VAN
Jannik Hansen (10) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:17
VAN
Keith Ballard  Holding against  Clarke MacArthur
12:57
TOR
Keith Aulie  Boarding against  Manny Malhotra
2nd Period
05:43
TOR
Tim Connolly  Roughing against  Dale Weise
05:43
VAN
Dale Weise  Roughing against  Tim Connolly
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
12-6-2
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 36TOI: 59:14
Saves: 31EV: 29 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0
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