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Anderson Steals Win

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

February 19, 2011
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs were given a golden opportunity to take the two points in overtime when they went on the power play. They worked the puck around and Joffrey Lupul found Phil Kessel who was robbed by Craig Anderson as he somehow reached back to stop the puck.

The game went to the shootout and Ottawa's second shooter, Jason Spezza put it under the crossbar for the winning goal.

4-4 Leafs' record this season in the shootout.
2 Career NHL shutouts for James Reimer.
36 Hits on the night for the Leafs.
4-10-2 Record for the Leafs on Saturdays this season.
15 Penalty minutes for Jay Rosehill on the night.
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Craig Anderson
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James Reimer
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3rd Star
Jason Spezza
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After being dealt to Ottawa on Friday and racing to the arena to be the back up that night, Craig Anderson made his first Sens' start against the Leafs. He had been struggling with the Avs but you wouldn't know it.

Anderson was brilliant all night as he was peppered for 47 shots including 17 in the second period. He robbed Kessel in overtime and he was perfect in the shootout. Anderson is now 4-1 in his career  against the Leafs. He had season highs in shots against and saves.

With the trade of Tomas Kaberle, more responisibility would be placed on Luke Schenn and Carl Gunnarsson. In their first game paired together they were very solid with both having excellent games.

Gunnarsson played a season-high 24:20 and he made several blocks and was good on the penalty kill. Schenn continued his tough play as he had seven hits on the night giving him 181 for the season. He was also honoured during Troops Night for his Luke's Troops program..

Forty-seven, the number of shots the Leafs had against Ottawa which is a new season high. The Leafs' attack was led by Phil Kessel who had nine shots on net which is a season high for him. Linemate Joffrey Lupul also recorded a season high for shots with seven.

It was the fourth time this season that the Leafs have fired more than 40 shots at an opposition netminder. All the games have been at home and in those games, the Leafs' record is 2-1-1.

Ron Wilson on how Craig Anderson deprived the Leafs of a victory:
"We had a ton of scoring chances, 47 shots on goal and what I feared - Craig Anderson would be excited, you know, with a change of scenery and he had a great night winning a game that we totally dominated. So you tip your hat to the goalie. We got a point and you move on to the next game.”

Tuesday, February 22 vs. NY Islanders
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs welcome the New York Islanders to the ACC for the second time this season. The Leafs won the last meeting in Long Island, New York last week 5-3.

The Islanders have been playing better of late winning five of six. They defeated the Kings 3-0 Saturday. This will be their second game of a back-to-back.

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