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Leafs Blanked In Opener

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

September 21, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Maple Leafs first preseason game of 2010 didn't get off to the start that the fans nor the team would've liked.  They were behind 2-0 less then 10 minutes into the game.

When Chris Neil put home the fourth Senators goal early in the third it was lights out for the Leafs who struggled to find any offence on the night including going 0-for-seven with the man advantage.

3 Fights in the game.
2-18 Goals on 18 shots allowed by Jonas Gustavsson.
42 Hits by the Leafs in the loss.
23:16 Ice-time for Dion Phaneuf to lead both teams.
6 Straight penalties called against the Senators in the second period.
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Not known for his offensive game, Chris Neil was by far the best player for either squad Tuesday. Neil made a nice feed to spring Nick Foligno in the first and Neil also added a helper on Corey Locke's second period goal.

The rugged winger capped off his big night by scoring on the power play mid-way through the third period. Like he always is, Neil was a pest on the Leafs throughout the game.

It was a tough night for the Blue and White but two players who put in a solid effort were Mike Brown and Jay Rosehill. The two Leafs middleweights dropped the gloves but also found other ways to bring some energy to the lineup.

Brown teamed with Christian Hanson as a penalty killing unit and he impressed Ron Wilson by taking the body and getting into it with Tim Spencer in the third period.

After finishing the 2009-10 season with the worst power play in the NHL, the Leafs began the new campaign on the wrong foot against the Senators. The Leafs had three 5-on-3 opportunities but they couldn't find the back of the net.

As Ron Wilson pointed out after the game, the team hasn't practiced the power play that much but you can expect that to change as the Leafs get closer to the season.

Ron Wilson on what he tried to gain from the loss:

"I'm disappointed getting beat 5-0 but it's just an opportunity for me to see what some people can do in particular the young players. Unfortunately a couple of our veterans struggled a bit tonight but it's our first exhibition game. Tomorrow night we'll basically have a completely different team and we'll see how that goes."

Wednesday September 22 vs. Ottawa
  7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs play their second straight preseason game against the rival Senators.

The Leafs will be looking to improve from Tuesday's 5-0 loss. It will be an entirely different lineup for Toronto as they play game two of five straight.

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