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Leafs Hit Break With A Loss

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

December 23, 2009
Nassau Coliseum
Toronto, ON
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After Niklas Hagman pulled the Leafs to within a goal, the Leafs couldn't  get another one past Dwayne Roloson. The Simcoe, Ontario native caught a break when Alexei Ponikarovsky had an open net and fired it wide but on the same sequence, Roloson stoned Lee Stempniak in close with 2:30 left in the third.

Roloson has had the Leafs' number this season. He has stopped 106 of 113 shots in the three games for a .938 save percentage.

27 Times this season that the Leafs have allowed the opening goal.
1:30 Time between the two Islander goals in the second.
0-17-4 Leafs record when trailing after two periods.
29 Blocked shots for the Islanders on the night.
106 Saves for Dwayne Rolosn against the Leafs this season.
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It has to be Dwayne Roloson. The Islanders netminder wasn't busy in the first period and in the second period he was called upon more often including a huge save on Matt Stajan with 24 seconds left in the period. But it was the third period where he was the difference.

The Leafs fired 14 shots his way but they could only manage one goal as they dropped their second game to the Islanders this season. Roloson's save on Stempniak saved the game for New York.

Mike Komisarek continues his impressive play of late. After a slow start and then getting hurt, it was tough few months for Komisarek. He has found his game since returning to the lineup November 30th.

Komisarek makes the simple play and he likes to throw his weight around like did against Nate Thompson in the second period. He is second on the team with 78 hits, fourth in blocked shots with 57 and sixth in ice-time averaging 19:37.

Despite the Leafs losing four of their last five, a bright spot has been the Leafs penalty killing. Although the Leafs ranked last in the NHL heading into the game, they have allowed just two power play goals in their last six games.

The Leafs killed off all four against the Islanders and have killed of 13 of their last 15 for an 86.7% success rate.

Wilson's thoughts on the Leafs play:

“We never really got our fore checking going until the last couple of minutes of the second period … We just weren’t good enough. We didn’t compete hard enough on our fore check until it was too late.”

Saturday December 26 vs. Canadiens
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs are back in action on Boxing Day when they host the rival Canadiens.

This is the fourth of six meetings between the two teams. Montreal won the first two games and the Leafs won the last game 3-0 in Montreal.

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