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A Devil Of A Time

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

February 10, 2011
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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It appeared that the Leafs and Devils were headed to a shootout but with under 30 seconds to go in OT, the Leafs got caught deep and that allowed the Devils to capitalize.

Ilya Kovalchuk picked up tremendous speed through the neutral zone and as he cut across the Leafs blueline, he was able to get wide on Keith Aulie and have his shot get past James Reimer.

600 Career wins for Jacques Lemaire.
28:23 Ice-time for Luke Schenn which is a season high.
4 Straight games with a goal for Nikolai Kuelmin.
18:03 Ice-time for Joffrey Lupul in his Maple Leafs debut (season-high).
23 Blocked shots for the Maple Leafs.
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James Reimer had another solid start for the Maple Leafs despite picking up the loss. Reimer made 37 saves and was especially sharp in the third period when the Devils put the pressure on.

With the Leafs shorthanded, Reimer made three straight left pad saves. He also had big stops on Kovalchuk, Mark Fayne and Dainius Zubrus. Reimer has gone just 2-3 in his last five games but he gave the Leafs a chance to win and that's all you can ask of your goalie.

Keith Aulie played a strong game paired with Dion Phaneuf. Aulie was recalled to take the spot of the departed Francois Beauchemin and he did an excellent job in his 13th career NHL game.

Aulie used his size to his advantage as he led both teams with seven hits while also blocking three shots in a career high 21:56 of ice-time. Although he was on the ice for the winning goal, Aulie was very sound in his own zone, not fancy, just very efficient and steady.

The Maple Leafs' power play is in quite the funk. They were 0-5 in the loss to the Devils and over the past 11 games, they have gone just 3-40. That is 13.3 per cent and not good enough to win games.

With the addition of Joffrey Lupul, it should give the Leafs two power play units that can score. The Leafs will need quicker puck movement, better shots on net and someone willing to stand in front of the net as they make it to easy for the opposition to set up their coverage.

Ron Wilson on the night's result:

"I don't count it a loss. We got a point and moved another step closer. Now we're seven points back of Carolina because they lost in regulation. Obviously I wish we'd a had the two points but the Devils are playing great right now ... At the end, you look back and if Bozie (Tyler Bozak) had managed to find a way to put that one in when he got just hooked a little bit, two to nothing at that point was probably game over."

Saturday, February 12 @ Montreal Canadiens
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out the stretch of four games in six nights when they head to Montreal to face the rival Canadiens.

This will be the fourth meeting this season with the Leafs holding a 2-1 advantage so far. Montreal has lost three straight games and sits sixth in the Eastern Conference.

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