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Capital Punishment

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

October 9, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs jumped out to the 1-0 lead when Nikolai Kulemin scored his first of the year just 1:38 into the game.

Mikhail Grabovski did a great job to pressuring Jason Spezza, Clarke MacArthur grabbed the loose puck and fed the wide open Kulemin. The Leafs would go on to add four more goals before the Senators replied. For the first time since 1999-2000, the Leafs have now won back-to-back games to start the season.

2,000 Saturday night games in Toronto franchise history.
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584 Career wins for Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.
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8 Games in a row that Phil Kessel has scored against Ottawa.
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Kris Versteeg was the Maple Leafs' big off-season acquistion and the native of Lethbridge, Alberta has been everything they'd hoped.

In his first game against their provincial rivals, all he did was have a Gordie Howe hat-trick (goal, assist and fight). Versteeg set up Phil Kessel's first period marker; he tipped in a Tomas Kaberle point shot in the third for the teams' first power play goal of the year and to round out his night he dropped the gloves with Mike Fisher late in the game.

What a story Tim Brent has become two games into the season! The third line centre from Cambridge, Ontario has been solid.

Brent does a great job doing the little things, making simple plays to get out of his zone, is well positioned in the defensive zone and as a bonus he has chipped in two goals. He has been a big part of the Leafs' penalty kill that has gone seven-for-seven so far. He had 1:35 of ice-time against Ottawa as he and Colby Armstrong have made a strong tandem.

The Leafs and Senators combined for 67 hits, three fights and several scrums after the whistle - just like back in the day when the teams would meet in the playoffs every year.

The Leafs took the body every chance they had on the tired Senators who were playing in back-to-back games. MacArthur and Fredrik Sjostrom led the way with five hits each as they had the Senators on the ropes all night.

Ron Wilson on his players going to centre ice and waving their sticks in tribute to the fans at game's end: Watch full post-game scrum

"That's something that we've talked about. We forgot to do it the other night in kind of the euphoria of the moment but that's been an idea we've bandied about and did it. (Why?) To include the fans. They're there supporting us and just salute the fans."

Wednesday October 13 @ Pittsburgh 
7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs hit the road for their first two-game road trip of the young season. The first game takes them to the new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh where the Penguins are still looking for their first win of the season.

The Penguins face the Devils in New Jersey Monday before returning home to face the Leafs.

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