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Crushing Defeat For Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

November 19, 2009
RBC Center
Raleigh, NC
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0 2 3 0 1 (2-2) 6

After Ian White was called for a phantom high stick penalty that resulted in the Hurricanes tyng the game at 4-4, it seemed that the hockey gods would right the wrong when White gave the Leafs the 5-4 lead with 29.9 seconds left in the third.

That wasn't the case as Erik Cole tied it with 2.9 seconds left to force overtime where the Hurricanes won in the shootout.

8 Goals Jonas Gustavsson has allowed in regulation time in his last two games.
1 Even strength goal for Matt Stajan after scoring in the first.
11 Different Leafs who recorded a point against the 'Canes, including an assist from Gustavsson.
9:26 Amount of ice-time for Luke Schenn, lowest of the season.
0 Points for Phil Kessel as his six game point streak is snapped.
1st Star
Tim Gleason
G A P +/- Shots
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2nd Star
Tuomo Ruutu
G A P +/- Shots
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3rd Star
Erik Cole
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Tuomo Ruutu. The 26 year-old Finn was in on four of the five Hurricanes goals during regulation and scored the shootout winner. Not known for his offensive production, he was the biggest reason that the Hurricanes came back for the win.

Ruutu had four assists, was a plus three and played 22:58 which was a season-high and second among Hurricanes forwards on the night.

In a game that saw 10 goals in regulation time and 21 different players record a point, it was Jeff Finger who despite his -2 rating played a strong physical game on the Leafs blueline.

Finger led all players with seven blocked shots while also playing a season-high 23:44 of action. The Leafs had 24 shot blocks as a team.

One would think it was turn back the clock night in Carolina with the high number of goals scored between the two teams.

With the amount of pucks that were fired at both Jonas Gustavsson and Manny Legace it was surprising there weren't more goals. The Leafs put 56 pucks at Legace which were either stopped, blocked or missed the net while the Hurricanes attempted 86 shots.

Matt Stajan on the blown leads by the Leafs:

"You shouldn't lose a hockey game where you have a 3-0 lead, let alone one with a lead with 3 seconds left."

Saturday November 21 vs. Washington
7:00PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to face Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals who are in action at home Friday against Montreal.

Ovechkin missed six games and didn't miss a beat in his return scoring his NHL leading (tie) 15th goal of the year.

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