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Kessel's Two Not Enough

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

November 13, 2009
United Center
Chicago, IL
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Down 2-0 for the eighth time this season, Lee Stempniak appeared to poke the puck past Cristobal Huet late in the first but the play was reviewed and it was ruled as inconclusive.

Instead of being down 2-1 after the first period, it was 2-0 and the Leafs had an uphill battle they couldn't recover from despite taking the play to the Hawks in the third.

28 The number of hits the Leafs had against the Blackhawks.
59% The Blackhawks percentage in the face-off circle.
26:28 Ice-time for Tomas Kaberle which was the most for both teams.
0-2 The Leafs second ranked power play didn't have many chances on Friday.
60 Total shots, blocks and missed shots the Hawks sent at Vesa Toskala.
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Notes: Duncan Keith was a stud on the backend for the Blackhawks in the win.
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Notes: Phil Kessel was the Leafs offence on Friday as he scored two more goals.
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Notes: Patrick Kane opened the scoring in the first after picking Luke Schenn's pocket.
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Making his first start in 14 days, Vesa Toskala kept the Leafs in the game all night long. Toskala faced 20 shots in the first and made 18 saves in the frame.

Toskala bailed his defencemen out numerous times including stopping Ben Eager twice on a breakaway in the first period. The netminder turned aside 31 shots on the night.

It's hard to be an underrated player when you score the only two goals for your team on the night but that was Phil Kessel against the Blackhawks.

Kessel had two goals, was a +2, had seven shots on net and played 21:47 which was second amongst Leafs forwards.

While the Blackhawks have moved from the old Chicago Stadium to the United Center, the Leafs still struggle in the Windy City.

The Leafs haven't won in Chicago since December 12, 2003. Chicago won the only meeting last year and the Leafs haven't defeated the Blackhawks since 2001.

Ron Wilson on the play of Vesa Toskala:

"Vesa had an outstanding night. There was nothing he could do on any of the goals. He made a dozen outstanding saves."

Saturday November 14 vs. Calgary
7:00PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to take on Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames. This is also the second game of a back-to-back for the Flames who lost 2-1 in the shootout to the Buffalo Sabres Friday.

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