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Kessel, Bozak, Kulemin Slick

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

March 13, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Maple Leafs allowed the Oilers to score an early goal in the second period. Then they potted three straight to go up 5-1 before the game was half over. 

The fourth and fifth goals for the Leafs came on great plays. On the fourth goal Tomas Kaberle fed Phil Kessel in stride who wired the wrister home. The fifth goal was a nice give-and-go between Mikhail Grabovski and Viktor Stalberg.

48 Points for Phil Kessel on the season giving him the team lead.
14 Penalty minutes on the night for Colton Orr.
5 Of the ten goals on the night were scored on the power play.
4-2-1 Leafs record since the Olympic Break.
+12 Rating on the season for Carl Gunnarsson which leads the team.
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Phil Kessel
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Tyler Bozak
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Nikolai Kulemin
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It wasn't so much a player of the game as it was players of the game. The line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kuilemin combined for four goals and eight points. Bozak and Kessel had three points each.

Kessel was flying all night long and he was dangerous every time he attempted a shot on net. Bozak has the ability to find his teammates with clever passes. Kulemin does the corner work and doesn't mind getting his nose dirty in front of the net. The makings off a good line.

Although he is still looking for his first goal of the season, Christian Hanson had numerous chances against the Oilers. Hanson tied Kessel and Viktor Stalberg with a team-high five shots on net.

Hanson was a key part of the Leafs' penalty kill on Saturday. He led all Leafs forwards with 2:42 of ice-time when shorthanded and he finished with 13:51 of ice-time and a plus one on the night.

Coming into the game against Edmonton, the Leafs had gone 0-for-30 in their last eight games on the power play.

Going up against the third worst penalty killing unit, the Leafs were able to score three power-play goals. Kessel had two of them and now has eight power play goals out of his 25 goals on the year. Grabovski scored his second power-play goal of the year. The Leafs go up against the second worst penalty killing unit in the Islanders on Sunday.

Tyler Bozak on his line with Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin clicking:

“Things are working for our line. We’ve been creating a lot of opportunities the past couple of weeks and a lot of them haven’t been going in for us. But I think it’s starting to come around now, you know, just making good plays. Yeah, it’s been going well and hopefully we can stay consistent with it.”

Sunday March 14 @ N.Y. Islanders
  5 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
On January 23rd, the Islanders were in eighth place in the Eastern Conference but it has been downhill ever since.

They have struggled with the penalty kill and power play as they find themselves in the bottom three in both categories. Rookie John Tavares has 18 goals heading into action on Sunday.

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