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Ex-Leaf Haunts Old Club

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

March 30, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs trailed after 40 minutes but Viktor Stalberg's second goal of the game tied it at 2-2 early in the third period. Just 57 seconds later, Nik Antropov tipped home the Ron Hainsey point shot for the winner.

The Leafs had a power play to close out the game but they couldn't beat Ondrej Pavelec. With the win Atlanta remains two points out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

4 First period shots for the Thrashers.
:46 Seconds between goals for the Thrashers.
9-5-2 Leafs record for the month of March.
27:09 Ice-time for Ron Hainsey to lead all players.
28-15 Hits for the Thrashers compared to the Leafs.
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Maxim Afinogenov turned back the clock on Tuesday. The speedy winger was dangerous all night long and was a thorn in the side of Leafs tough guy Colton Orr (who drew a penalty on him)

Afinogenov opened the scoring in the second when he waited patiently for a crowd to form in front of the net before he scoring his 23rd of the year. He also helped set up the game winner as he had two points in almost 15 minutes of action, with four shots on net.

Tyler Bozak finished off the month of March the way it started. The Leafs centre picked up an assist on Tuesday that gave him 14 points in 16 March games.

While he's played most of his time with Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin, against Atlanta Ron Wilson moved the lines around after the first period and he reunited the NCAA line of Bozak, Stalberg and Christian Hanson. The trio was effective and they were out late in the game.

Jonas Gustavsson's streak of seven straight wins came to an end against the Thrashers. It wasn't his best game of the year but he did make some big saves to allow the Leafs to get back in the game.

Being able to win seven consecutive games is something that only two other rookie Leaf netminders (Gord McRae, Al Rollins) have been able to accomplish. It was only his second loss since February 5th.

Ron Wilson on whether he liked the spark after mixing up his lines:

"Yeah but you know it's a 60-minute game. Generally you're supposed to give 60 minutes of effort and that wasn't necessarily the case tonight. Isn't it a 60-minute game? So we get 20 minutes of effort or 25. It should be 60 ... We handed them the game. I mean, they (Atlanta) did some things well but we just gave them the game essentially, unfortunately."

Thursday April 1 vs. Buffalo Sabres
  7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs play their QEW rival Buffalo Sabres for the final time in the 2009-10 season.

Not only are the Sabres coming in red-hot going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, they have won 10 straight games against the Leafs dating back to last season.

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