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Leafs Jolt Lightning

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

November 25, 2009
St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL
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Matt Stajan's goal with 1:47 left in the second period turned out to be the difference.

Thanks to getting the lead, the Leafs had tons of confidence and took the play to the Lightning in the third period as they outshot them 11-6. Niklas Hagman, Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak all hit the post in the third or the score could've been much more decisive.

4 Times this season that the Maple Leafs have scored first.
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24:36 A career high ice-time for Carl Gunnarsson who also had a career high three assists. 
1 Regulation loss for the Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum this season.
4/35 Four goals on 35 shots for the Leafs after scoring three times on 61 shots Monday.
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Niklas Hagman. The Leafs forward has now scored in three straight games to take over the team goal scoring lead (11) from Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Hagman put the Leafs up 2-0 in the first period scoring while fightning off two defenders and he gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead in the second. Hagman had two goals, a plus two, six shots in 15:19 of ice-time.

Francois Beauchemin was a tower of force on the Leafs blue line against the Lightning. He played a game-high 28:36 and was matched up with the Lightning dynamic duo of Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.

Beauchemin also made a great stretch pass to send Hagman in and a great diving play on Ryan Malone. His night included an assist, a plus two rating and three blocked shots.

The Maple Leafs and Lightning played a spirited, physical game that saw some big hits for both sides.

The best hit of the night was a hip-check that Garnet Exelby gave Steve Downie in the first period. In total the Lightning outhit the Leafs 17-15. Exelby and Luke Schenn were the most physical Leafs with three hits each. Ryan Malone had nine hits for Tampa Bay.

Jonas Gustavsson on the team's play in the third:

"The whole third period, I think, that was the best play we've shown so far this season when we've had the lead. We took total control of the game."

Friday November 27 @ Panthers
7:30PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs close out their two-game Florida road swing Friday against the Panthers.

This is the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. The Panthers are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

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