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Leafs Shot Down By Pens

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Anthony Laksmana

March 28, 2010
Mellon Arena
Pittsburg, PA
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It was a back-and-forth game that saw the lead change four times between the two teams. The final outcome of the game was not decided until it went into a shootout.

It was the third consecutive game the Leafs went to OT but they failed to pull off its third straight win in the extra period. Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Pens while the Leafs failed to score on their first two attempts in the shootout.

4-1 Leafs' record in shootouts for the month of March, 4-4 overall.
30 Goals by Phil Kessel this season, only the third Leaf to hit 30 in this decade.
45-29 Shots on goal by Pittsburgh versus Toronto
7 Game winning streak snapped in games that went to extra time.
83.9% Leafs' penalty kill since the Calgary Flames trade.
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Brooks Orpik
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Sidney Crosby's goal scoring ability was on full display against the Leafs Sunday, netting two goals in the second period within a span of just under 4 minutes.

The pair of goals has now moved Crosby ahead of Alex Ovechkin and Steve Stamkos to lead the league in goals with 47 on the season. He is looking to win his first Maurice Richard Trophy in his very young career. Before Sunday's game, Crosby had gone 7 games without a goal.

Tyler Bozak continues to show great promise and has been a great compliment to Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin as the first line centerman.

Bozak picked up an assist on Kessel's 30th goal of the season and with 5 seconds left on the power play, banged home a goal in front of the Penguins' net that put the Leafs ahead in the third period.

J.S. Giguere came up big when his team needed it most, turning away 41 of 45 shots by the Penguins. Despite giving up 4 goals in regulation and 2 in the shootout Giguere was solid in net for the white and blue.

After being outplayed by the Leafs in the first period, the Penguins picked up their play peppering 26 shots on Giguere in the last two frames. The Leafs netminder came up with some key saves that kept his team in the game.

Ron Wilson on the tough loss but the team's strong effort:

"We got a point so I don't consider them losses especially in these circumstances where we had 3 games in 4 nights and back-to-back games in less than 24 hours. So I thought we did a great job, it was just too bad we couldn't win it in regulation."

Tuesday March 30 vs. Atlanta Thrashers
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs will begin a 4 game homestand when they return home to face the Altanta Thrashers Tuesday night.

In their previous meeting on March 25, the Leafs beat the Thrashers 2-1 in OT with Mikhail Grabovski netting the winner. Every game is huge for Atlanta who are in a dead-heat race with the Rangers, Bruins and Flyers for the 8th and final playoff spot.

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