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1 Point Gained, 1 Point Lost

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

March 8, 2011
Nassau Coliseum
Long Island, NY
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The Maple Leafs struggled mightily against the Islanders and were lucky to get to overtime. Both teams didn't have many chances in the extra frame but there was a scare for the Leafs when James Reimer had to shake off a hand injury after stopping a Radek Martinek shot.

With just 58 seconds left in the OT, Frans Nielsen did a great job to get the puck back to Martinek whose shot was tipped by Blake Comeau past Reimer. It was Comeau's third game winner of the season.

50 Points on the season for three Leafs (MacArthur, Kessel, Grabovski).
5 Penalty shots against the Leafs this season.
6 Straight road games without a regulation loss for the Leafs.
14 Hits for the Islanders' Matt Martin.
1 Career NHL goal for Keith Aulie.
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Tim Brent
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Michael Grabner
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Thanks to another strong game from James Reimer, the Maple Leafs were able to trim the playoff deficit to four points. Reimer definitely had some luck as the Islanders hit three posts in the first period.

Reimer made some huge saves including stopping Matt Martin on a breakaway and ensuing peanlty shot. Although he allowed four goals, he still made 36 saves, was the biggest reason that the Leafs picked up a point. He suffered his first road loss since February 5th in Buffalo.

The muckers and grinders came to play Tuesday. Both Tim Brent and Colby Armstrong were probably the best Leafs forwards on the night.

Brent made a great play to set up Keith Aulie's first NHL goal in the second. Armstrong did a super job of winning the board battle and driving the net to allow Brent to score his eighth goal of the season. Brent won 57 per cent of his faceoffs which was best on the team. Armstrong had one hit, two blocks in 16 minutes of action.

The top four defencmen for the Leafs saw tons of ice-time in the loss to the Islanders. Carl Gunnarsson led the way playing a season-high 29:45 while leading the team in blocked shots with four.

Dion Phaneuf played 28:01, Luke Schenn 26:55 and rookie Keith Aulie 22:29. All the players were even except Aulie who was a plus one. Ron Wilson leaned heavily on his big four with Mike Komisarek playing only 9:24 and Brett Lebda even less at just 8:12.

Ron Wilson on gaining a point despite a letdown by some key Leafs:
"I'm disappointed ... our best players were guys on the third and fourth line. We needed a better effort than that from some people and we just didn't get it. The top two lines weren't generating anything and not really working as hard as we needed them to work tonight. Those are the guys that we've come to rely on for offence. But the other lines brought it tonight."

Thursday, March 10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to take on the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in seven days.

The Flyers snapped their four-game losing streak in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Jeff Carter scored twice to now give him 30 on the season.

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