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Leafs let Thashers steal point

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers remained winless but ended their season-opening losing streak as Pasi Nurminen made a sensational save in the final moments of regulation to preserve a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Patrik Stefan tied it with 4:34 to play in the third period as the Thrashers snapped a nine-game skid (0-8-0-1). Their only other point came in an overtime loss to Florida on October 12.

Off to a rough start themselves, the Maple Leafs had a chance to win late in regulation, but Nurminen kicked the puck from danger while laying on his stomach with 36 seconds left.

Nurminen made 32 saves in his second appearance of the season.

His first was the 5-4 overtime loss on October 12.

Thrashers coach Curt Fraser shook up the lineup against Toronto, sitting starting goaltender Milan Hnilicka, defenseman Richard Smehlik and winger Ilya Kovalchuk, a Calder Trophy finalist last season.

Dany Heatley, the reigning Calder Trophy winner, had a goal and an assist for Atlanta. The Calgary native has five goals and four assists in nine meetings with Toronto.

Mats Sundin, Travis Green and Tie Domi scored power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who are off to a 3-6-2 start after making it to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
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