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Jinx Continues

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni & Mike Ulmer

December 21, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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Not hard to find that one. With 1:25 left in overtime, Jochen Hecht intercepted a weak clearing pass and found Derek Roy in front of goalie Jonas Gustavsson. It was Roy’s ninth goal of the season and his first game-winner.

The Leafs led on goals from Ian White and Viktor Stalberg and held a 2-1 advantage for 25 minutes but could not win on a night in which they outplayed the Sabres.

2 NHL goals for Viktor Stalberg. Both against the Sabres and Ryan Miller
9 Straight games that the Sabres have beaten the Leafs.
1-8 Leafs record in overtime this season.
25:18 Ice-time for Francois Beauchemin which led both teams.
0 Power play chances for the Leafs on Monday night.
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NIkolai Kulemin
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Ryan Miller
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3rd Star
Derek Roy
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Nikolai  Kulemin gave a performance that made you wonder where he has been all year.

He skated with purpose, outmuscled bigger people and used his speed on offence and defence. He wasn’t just the Leafs best player, he was the best skater for either team. Kulemin tied for the team lead in hits with five and he had three takeaways which led the team.

Viktor Stalberg played his third straight game since being recalled from the Marlies and he was used on a variety of lines against the Sabres. Ron Wilson moved Stalberg around as he wanted to use his speed as much as possible. That was evident on his goal when he blew past the Sabres defenceman and his pass deflected off the skate of Tyler Myers.

Stalberg saw 13:22 of action and he tied Mikhail Grabovski for the game-high with five shots on goal on the night.

The Sabres' domination of the Leafs continued on Monday and despite not playing their best game, they still managed to find a way to beat the Leafs.

Buffalo has now won eight straight games at Air Canada Centre and over that span they have outscored the Leafs 32-11. The last Leafs win over the Sabres at the ACC? January 19, 2008! Ryan Miller has been in net for all eight of the wins.

Wilson on taking three of four points against Boston and Buffalo:

“Yeah, we should have won tonight … simple. Yeah, we got a point and I’m happy we did but we made a couple of elementary mistakes and that’s why we lost … (On the winning goal) Two defencemen go in the corner, leave the front of the net, the weak side forward is not paying attention, we have nobody there and it’s an easy goal for them.”

Wednesday December 23 vs. Islanders
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule when they travel to Long Island to face John Tavares and the Islanders.

This is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season. They have split the first two games and will meet for the first time this season in New York.

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