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A Sensational Win For Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

March 16, 2010
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The Maple Leafs led 1-0 after the first period and early in the second they would add two goals just 19 seconds apart to end any hopes for the Senators.

John Mitchell scored the Leafs second goal after avoiding a hit along the boards and beating Brian Elliott upstairs. After a strong forecheck from Viktor Stalberg and Luca Caputi, Mikhail Grabovski tapped the puck in. That was more then enough against a team struggling to score.

6 Goals this season for Phil Kessel against Ottawa in five games.
:19 Seconds between goals in the second period for the Leafs.
12 Leafs who recorded a point on Tuesday.
+3 Rating for Luke Schenn on the night.
5 Game point streak for Mikhail Grabovski.
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Jonas Gustavsson had one of his better games against the Senators on Tuesday. Gustavsson has now won four straight games and he was sharp all night long.

Gustavsson bailed out his teammates throughout the game. He made huge stops including on Milan Michalek in the third period when the Leafs were on the power play. Gustavsson was square to the shooter, challenged well and even handled the puck more confidently.

While his Swedish teammate will get most of the headlines, Rickard Wallin made several plays that went a long way in preserving the Leafs' win.

Wallin began the night on the fourth line but in the third period, he was shifted to a line with Mitchell and Jamie Lundmark. Wallin was an integral part of the penalty killing unit and to seal his big game he popped the empty netter for his second goal of the year.

Many Leafs fans make the trip to Ottawa and there trip is that much sweeter when the Leafs beat their provinical rival. The Leafs won four straight games from Ottawa including two in a row in Ottawa. The Leafs took the season series 4-2.

Although this season has seen the Leafs come out on top over the Senators, the Leafs overall regular season record against the Senators is 33-35-3-7.

Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson on the team's win over the Senators:

“We played a great road game. We had a bad end to the second period, we got a little sloppy and lost our poise with the puck a few times. We rebounded in the third period and did a great job drawing penalties and forcing the issue and not sitting back.”

Thursday March 18 vs. New Jersey Devils
  7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs return home after their two-game road trip to take on a Devils' team that is currently ranked fourth in the Eastern Conferece. The Devils and Penguins are in a tight battle for the Atlantic Division title.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The home team has won every game so far.

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