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Leafs Lack Finish

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

January 3, 2011
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Maple Leafs had jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period but the Boston Bruins found their legs in the second 20 minutes.

Nathan Horton tied it forthe  Bruins early in the second period. Then the Leafs failed to clear the puck and Horton found Marc Savard who one-timed the puck past a screened James Reimer. It was all the offence that the Bruins would need as the Leafs couldn't beat Tuuka Rask in the third period.

80 Percentage of face offs won by Darryl Boyce.
26:27 Ice-time for Zdeno Chara to lead all players.
63 Saves for James Reimer in his two starts.
14 Goals on the season for Mikhail Grabovski tied for the team lead.
3 Wins on the season for Tuukka Rash.
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James Reimer
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Nathan Horton
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Tuukka Rask was coming off a rough game against Buffalo on Saturday when he allowed three goals in 20 minutes.

Rask wasn't overly busy in the first 40 minutes but in the final period he was tested 18 times and he stopped all of them. He made his best save against Tyler Bozak when he was down and out but he reached back to prevent the puck from going in. For the night he turned away 36 of 37 shots the Leafs fired his way.

Phil Kessel remains scoreless against his former team but on Monday he had plenty of opportunities to get on the board.

Kessel was dangerous from the opening period and Rask seemed to make his biggest stops on the Leafs' sniper. In total, Kessel fired eight shots on net including three in third period. He was also more involved in the play forcing turnovers and generating chances for his linemates. Kessel finished the night even in 20:35 of action.

The Maple Leafs and Bruins rivalry dates back to the Original Six era and Monday the teams showed their dislike for each other at times.

Even though there was just two power plays in the whole game, the Leafs were physical all game dishing out 24 hits compared to the seven for the Bruins. Colby Armstrong was chirping at the Bruins and getting under their skins and Clarke MacArthur and Marc Savard received roughing penalties for their second period skirmish.

Ron Wilson on why he started James Reimer for a second consecutive game and how the young goalie performed against the Bruins:

"Because he played so well the other night, why not? He gave us a chance to win tonight. The first goal was screened and the second goal got deflected off of Beauchemin. He made a number of saves and handled himself really well. He's calm and he's a calming effect on the defence as well so far."

Thursday, January 6 vs. St. Louis Blues 
  7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs host the St. Louis Blues for the only time this season. The Blue have won five of their last six games as they sit in a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with 45 points.

Jaroslav Halak has been solid since being acquired from Montreal in the offseason. He has a 2.42 GAA.

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