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A Winning Week

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

December 9, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Maple Leafs had a 2-1 lead heading into the third period and with the Canadiens coming on late, it made for some tense moments.

With under a minute to go, Montreal pulled the goalie and had pressure in the Leafs' zone. Fredrik Sjostrom made a great play to block the PK Subban point shot and to clear the puck down the ice. Kristopher Versteeg raced after it, scoring into the empty net icing the game.

54 Per cent on face-offs for the Leafs on the night.
49 Career points for Tomas Kaberle in 62 games against Montreal.
8-0-2 Leafs' record this season when leading after two periods.
7 Blocked shots for Francois Beauchemin to lead both teams.
35 Games between goals for Tomas Kaberle.
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Coming off a poor performance by his own admission, J.S. Giguere had a solid game for the Leafs.

Giguere wasn't busy in the first period but he was especially sharp during the final 40 minutes when the Canadiens fired 19 shots his way. He cut down the angles, didn't give up any rebounds and was strong late in the game. The Canadiens always had a man in front of the net making Giguere's saves more difficult.

There were a few Leafs to choose from, Colby Armstrong, Tomas Kaberle, Luke Schenn and Tyler Bozak but Fredrik Sjostrom was the choice thanks to his big shot block at the end of the game.

Sjostrom was huge late in the game but mid-way through the first period he made a nice pass to Tomas Kaberle to put the Leafs in front 2-0. Sjostrom had his first two-point game of the season. He finished the game a plus two with one hit and three shot blocks.

It has been quite the seven days for the Blue and White. In the past week, they have faced the top five teams in the Eastern Conference coming away with an impressive 3-2 record and six points.

It started off with two staright wins followed by two consecutive losses. While the Leafs have been inconsistent this season, being able to beat the big boys in the Conference could go along way in the team's upcoming three-game Western Canada trip.

Ron Wilson on the Leafs' 3-2 record over the past week versus the Top 5 clubs in the Eastern Conference:

"We dug in and got the job done. Three of the games were at home, we were 2-and-1 and 1-1 on the road. We worked hard ... You look at the whole week and we essentially did something. I don't think anybody said we were even going to win one of those games; so we won three of them so I'm proud of our team for that."

Tuesday, December 14 @ Edmonton 
  9 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs hit the road for their annual trip to Western Canada over the next week. First up is the Oilers who defeated the Leafs 5-0 earlier this month.

This will be Dion Phaneuf's first game in his hometown as a member of the Maple Leafs. Toronto has an overall record of 16-23-6-1 in Edmonton and their last win was in 2008.

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