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Leafs prepare to battle Lightning

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs will attempt to improve on their 6-3-1-1 record as they take on the Lightning at Air Canada Centre Tuesday night.

Curtis Joseph will try and earn his third consecutive shutout as his stellar play has resulted in the Leafs' last two victories. Joseph has stopped 53 shots in his last two games, including 23 against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The last time Joseph posted back-to-back shutouts was when he wore an Oiler uniform in March of 1998.

The Toronto defence will also look to continue its solid play of late. The Leafs have allowed only three goals in their last three games. Captain Mats Sundin said that the team is committing more energy on defence and the last three games have proven that.

Leaf winger Alexander Mogilny will attempt to snap out of his scoring slump. After netting four goals in his first three games, Mogilny hasn't scored in his last seven contests. While Coach Pat Quinn has been juggling his lines over the last few games, Mogilny will play with his regular linemates - Gary Roberts and Robert Reichel.

The Lightning don't exactly strike fear into their opponents, but the match up will create motivation for some current Leafs. Darcy Tucker, Jonas Hoglund, Mikael Renberg, Cory Cross and Corey Schwab all have played for Tampa Bay at one point in their careers and will look to beat their former team.

Former Leaf Fedrik Modin will make his return to Toronto, but all eyes will be on 21-year-old Vincent Lecavalier. The former first overall pick in 1998 hasn't had the breakthrough season that everyone expected. While he's shown flashes of brilliance, Lecavalier's play over the past three years has been frustrating to watch.

This season didn't start off well for the young captain. Lecavalier went through a contract dispute with the team and missed the first two games of the year. In his first eight games, he has just two assists.
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