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Leafs Road Trip Continues In Minny

by Paul Hendrick / Toronto Maple Leafs


The Toronto Maple Leafs arrived in Minnesota early Thursday morning following their 3 and a half hour flight from Boston.

The team charter was missing Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland following the Leafs' 4-3 shootout victory in a physical game with the Bruins.

Lupul suffered a lower body injury while Holland sustained an upper body ailment and both underwent MRI's in Toronto on New Years day.

Results of both were not available because of the holiday.

Regardless neither are expected to be back in St. Paul for Toronto's game Friday against the Wild.

That'll enable Carter Ashton to get back into the lineup or the Leafs could go to Marlie callup Greg Mckegg who made his Leaf debut last season.

The club also announced that Tyler Bozak missed practise Thursday to deal with the recent passing of a family member.

Bozak remains in St. Paul and will play against the Wild on Friday.

In the meantime the Leafs got a much needed boost of confidence beating Boston for the 4th time in their last 5 meetings dating back to last season.

The significance certainly wasn't lost on head coach Randy Carlyle.

"We hope its a building block for us. You always say that as a coach because we felt like they played more to the liking of what our expectations are from this group."

The Leafs surrendered just 24 shots in regulation at Boston matching their 2nd lowest totals of the season against Colorado in October.

Matching that effort Friday at the Xcel Energy Center says Carlyle will be a priority moving forward.

"We know this is going to be a tough building to come into. This is a good hockey club that we are playing and we played a good one (Boston) last night."

Carlyle added "So hopefully that give us some confidence and gives our players the ability to say hey we can compete and go out and play the type of game that's necessary to have success."

The Leafs are 2-2-3 in visits to Minnesota the past 16 years, both victories were shutouts recorded by Eddie Belfour in 2003 and James Reimer in 2011.

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