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Going The Distance

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

September 23, 2010
John Labatt Centre
London, ON
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After Colby Armstrong tipped in a Danny Richmond point shot in the third period to tie the game, the two teams remained that way all the way until the shootout.

This wasn't a regular shootout, it lasted 11 rounds! Both goalies made big saves, players missed the net and it wasn't until Colby Armstrong scored the winner after nearly tripping over the blueline that the game was decided on a wild night in London.



7 Fights in three games for the Leafs.
0 Points for Nazem Kadri in two preseason games.
1 Goal for Greg McKegg who scored in the second period.
3 Straight games played by Jay Rosehill.
20 All-time shootout wins for the Maple Leafs.
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Jeff Carter
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James Reimer was the difference maker on Thursday. The native of Winnipeg made several big saves during regulation including a penalty shot stop and the only goal to beat him was on a bad bounce off defenceman Matt Lashoff.

Reimer has looked very sharp in the last two games and in the shootout he had some great saves as he stopped seven of 10 shots. He is making a case as the starting goalie for the Marlies.

One of the concerns during the preseason games is injuries and on Thursday the Leafs lost defenceman Brett Lebda leaving just five healthy blueliners for the rest of the night.

Danny Richmond took advantage of the extra ice time. He had lots of power play time and he looked dangerous on several offensive rushes. His effort was rewarded when his point shot deflected off Armstrong for the tying goal in the third period.

Thursday marked the Leafs' third straight preseason game in as many nights and with two more games before Sunday, their busy stretch is nearing an end.

Earlier in the day the Leafs trimmed the camp roster by 12 players sending four players to their junior teams, seven to the Marlies and they also released Mike Liambas from his amateur contract. All the players who were reassigned hadn't seen action in a preseason game.

Ron Wilson on who came through in London:

"You don't want to sit through a shootout that long but it was pretty exciting. A lot of guys got opportunities. I'm glad Greg McKegg could score in front of probably his family. Nazzie (Nazem Kadri), I mean he's got some unbelievable moves in shootouts. James (Reimer) did a fantastic job when we really needed him."



Friday September 24 vs. Philadelphia 
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs and Flyers head back to Toronto to face each other for the final time in the preseason on Friday.

J.S. Giguere is expected to play in his first preseason game of the year and he will most likely see a full 60 minutes of action.

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