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A Royal Victory

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

January 10, 2011
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The Leafs and Kings were deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the third period. It was an perfect road game for the Leafs who were looking for a break to get the winning goal.

As has been the case often this season, it was the Mikhail Grabovski line that provided the winner. The line used great speed to attack the Kings defence and Nikolai Kulemin put home the winner off a scramble in front of Jonathan Quick.

11 Points in the last nine games for Kristopher Versteeg.
4 Goals in the past three games for Phil Kessel.
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599 Career wins for head coach Ron Wilson.
16 Goals for Nikolai Kulemin which ties his career-high.
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James Reimer's strong play continued in the win on Monday as he made 30 saves to win his third straight road game.

It was a quiet night for the first 40 minutes but the Kings turned up the heat in the third but he stood tall as he turned aside 17 shots. Many came in the final 1:42 with the Leafs shorthanded. A couple of stops that stood on Monday were his pad save on Marco Sturm in the second and his stop on Drew Doughty in the third with his shoulder.

Luke Schenn was a beast on the back end for the Leafs in the win over Los Angeles. The third-year blueliner isn't flashy but he was physical as he was tied for the team lead in hits on the night with six.

Schenn leads the team in hits with 129 putting him well on pace to pass the 173 he had last season. He was also on the ice for the entire 1:42 to end the game with the Leafs shorthanded. He finished the night with six hits, two shot blocks and two shots in 22:29 of ice-time.

With the 3-2 win the Maple Leafs have now won four straight road games for the first time since November 29, 2009. It was a total team effort with three of the four lines scoring, players sacrificing by hitting and blocking shots and strong netminding.

With 22 road games left, the Leafs will need more nights like Monday if they are to improve their record. As a team they had 45 hits, 17 blocked shots and perfect penalty killing.

Ron Wilson on the performance by his team and James Reimer:
"I thought we played a very good road game. Got down early but we weren't frustrated or anything and got our game going in the second period. The D started moving pucks and jumped in the play. And each line scored a goal so it was huge for us. He (Reimer) was outstanding all night ... coolly and calmly he settles stuff down when the other team's all over us. He did a great job."

Tuesday, January 11 @ San Jose Sharks 
  10:30 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out the back-to-back against the struggling San Jose Sharks who have dropped four straight games.

A year after being the top team in the Western Conference during the regular season, the Sharks are two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

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