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Leafs Sing The Blues

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

February 12, 2010
Scottrade Center
St.Louis, MO
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The Maple Leafs had a strong first period but they allowed two shorthanded goals in the second period that killed the momentum that the Leafs had built in the first period.

On the first shorty, John Mitchell gave the puck away and three Leafs followed David Backes leaving T.J. Oshie wide open to tap the puck in. On the second goal, Alex Steen outfought two Leafs behind the net and snuck the puck past a surprised J.S. Giguere.

5 Shorthanded goals the Leafs have allowed this season.
0 Goals the Leafs have scored 4-on-4 this season.
6 Straight road losses for the Maple Leafs.
32 Penalty minutes for Colton Orr in the game.
11 Home wins for the Blues this season which is tied for fewest in the league.
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T.J. Oshie
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Chris Mason
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David Backes
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T.J. Oshie was the best player on the ice Friday. The 23 year-old is not on the U.S.A Olympic team but he did put on a show for U.S. head coach Ron Wilson.

Oshie scored one of the two shorthanded goals for the Blues, he played in all situations, his 19:37 of ice-time led all Blues forwards and he played the point on the power play. He was too much for the Leafs to handle.

In his return to St.Louis, Lee Stempniak was one of the better Maple Leafs on Friday. Stempniank had a great chance to open the scoring in the first which could've changed the outcome of the game. His bullet went off the post and stayed out.

Stempniak, Christian Hanson and Viktor Stalberg had several chances to get the Leafs on the board but they couldn't get the puck past Mason.

While the Leafs power play had it's issues against the Blues, the penalty kill was a different story as the Leafs killed off all three Blues' power plays.

One of the biggest differences has been the addition of Fredrik Sjostrom who used his speed to get to loose pucks and not give the Blues much time with the puck. In the last three games, the Leafs have been a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.

Ron Wilson's take on the game against the Blues:

"I thought we had some good chances in the first period but it was poor play by our defencemen that cost us. It was a lack of concentration on our part."

Tuesday March 2 vs. Hurricanes
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs play their first game after the Olympic break against the surging Hurricanes.

Heading into Friday's action Carolina has won four straight games and have passed the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings.

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