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Leafs Cough One Up

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

December 16, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs were down 2-1 when the Coyotes caught a break when it appeared that Daniel Winnick was offside but it went undetected. A few moments later Vernon Fiddler tapped in the loose puck for the 3-1 lead and the Leafs continued to unravel from there.

The Coyotes would add two more in the second period and one in the third as the Leafs were never able to recover.

38 Power play goals the Leafs have allowed this season, the most in the NHL.
4 Straight wins for the Coyotes over the Leafs.
3 Times this season that the Coyotes have scored more than five goals.
11 Goals Vesa Toskala has allowed in his last two games against the Coyotes.
26 Blocked shots for the Coyotes on the night.
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Ilya Bryzgalov came into the game as one of the hottest goalies in the NHL and despite allowing three goals on the night, he was still the best player on the night.

Bryzgalov has started 14 straight games and the team has a record of 9-3-2 during that span. Early in the first period, he made a huge save on Lee Stempniak on a shorthanded breakaway and in the third with the Leafs looking to get back in the game, he stopped 13 of 14 shots.

It has been a tough season for Leafs forward Jamal Mayers. He was a healthy scratch for 11 games this season and when he has been in the lineup, he has seen limited action on the fourth line.

Against the Coyotes, Mayers scored his first goal of the year on a nice wrist shot, was a plus one and played 7:56 of action. Heading into the game he led the Leafs in face-off percentage and is second on the team in penalty minutes.

The Leafs' four-game home winning streak came to an end against a defensively sound team that took away their time and space. The Coyotes entered the game as one of the lowest scoring teams and not known for their offensive ability they put five goals behind Vesa Toskala.

The Coyotes seem to have the Leafs number having won the last four meetings and the last two by the same 6-3 score line.

Ron Wilson on the meltdown against Phoenix and rebounding from the loss:

"It was a giveaway fest in the second period. We couldn't find any loose pucks and we got pushed out of the way ... When you play four games a week every five or six games you might have a letdown and tonight that's what we did in the first 30 minutes. We weren't as sharp as we have been. We'll put it behind us and move on."

Friday December 18 @ Buffalo Sabres
7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs play the first of a back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres and then Saturday at home to Boston.

The Sabres have won all two meetings against the Leafs this season and they have won the last seven contests. The Leafs haven't won in Buffalo since March 21, 2008.

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