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An Island Party

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

February 8, 2011
Nassau Coliseum
Long Island, NY
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For the second night in a row, the Leafs went into the third period tied and just like Monday, they came out on top.

Tomas Kaberle put the Leafs up 3-2 early in the period with his third goal of the season but they weren't done. Phil Kessel made a great play to outrace the Islander player, drag the puck and find a streaking Nikolai Kulemin who roofed his 20th of the season. It would stand up as the game winner, Kulemin's fifth winner on the season.

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19 Goals for the Leafs in their last five games.
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6-3-1 Record for the Leafs on Tuesdays this season.
20 Goals on the season for Nikolai Kulemin, a career best.
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Colby Armstrong and Darryl Boyce aren't expected to be major forces of offence for the Leafs but they keyed the win over the Islanders Tuesday.

Armstrong got the scoring started when he scored on the Leafs' first shot of the game. He would set up Kaberle and Fredrik Sjostrom in the third period as he had a three-point night. Boyce had an NHL career night as he had three assists which equaled his total coming into the game. Armstrong has now recorded seven points in five games.

James Reimer had a huge bounce-back game against the Islanders. He was pulled in his last start against Buffalo but he rebounded to make 31 saves and win for the second time in his last five starts.

Reimer was very good at not giving up many rebounds and he was back to his sound positional play. He was busy in the first after the Leafs took the lead. In the third he made a great glove save on Frans Nielsen to seal the win, his sixth victory of the season.

Scoring from the blueline has been an issue all season for the Maple Leafs. But after Tomas Kaberle's goal against the Islanders, it was the third straight game that a Leafs' blueliner has scored.

Kaberle has led the offensive charge picking up four points in his last two games and he has seven points in the last seven games (2 g, 5a). He now has 36 points on the season, eighth best among NHL defencemen and his 33 assists are fourth best amongst rearguards.

Ron Wilson on the contributions of the line with Darryl Boyce and Colby Armstrong:

"The Boyce Line ... whoever was on the line with Darryl had a good game. Boyce and Armstrong, in particular, and those guys were the difference. You need balance if the other lines aren't clicking for whatever reason. Having a third line like that, that isn't on for goals against and can chip in offensively is huge for you."

Thursday, February 10 vs. New Jersey Devils
7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs' busy week continues when they host the New Jersey Devils in the third meeting this season. The Leafs have won the first two games.

New Jersey is one of the hottest teams in the NHL having gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 and they are 10-1-2 in their last 13. They defeated Carolina 3-2 in OT Tuesday.

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