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Mistakes Cost Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

February 8, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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With the two teams deadocked at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play, the Leafs appeared to run out gas in the third period playing their third game in four nights.

The Sharks took advantage of a lucky bounce when Devin Setoguchi's pass went off Luke Schenn's skate right to the wide-open Ryan Clowe who had the easy tap in for the game winner.

151:30 Shutout minutes for J.S. Giguere dating back to his last game with Anaheim.
400 Career assists for Tomas Kaberle.
8 Third period shots for the Leafs.
17:26 Ice-time for Nazem Kadri in his NHL debut.
9 Straight road wins for the Sharks.
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Evgeni Nabokov
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Dion Phaneuf
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Joe Pavelski
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Evgeni Nabokov had a stellar game for the Sharks. He kept his team in it early when the Leafs looked to jump out to a quick start and he was there to shut the door in the dying moments of the game.

Nabokov has been lights out in his last nine games posting a 9-1-2 record. His 33 wins on the year are second in the NHL and when his team scores more then three goals he has a record of 234-30-22.

Tyler Bozak has been quite impressive centreing Phil Kessel on the Leafs' top line.  Bozak scored the opening goal and he has now registered a goal in two straight games giving him 11 points in 15 games this season.

Bozak has become the Leafs' best faceoff man as he won 74 per cent of his draws against the Sharks and he took a game high 23 faceoffs. He also set a career high with six hits to tie Dion Phaneuf for the game-high.

What has become very apparent with the addition of Dion Phaneuf is that the Leafs have become a much more physical team. The Leafs out hit the bigger Sharks 34-26 with Phaneuf and Bozak leading the way with six hits each.

There were 14 different Leafs to register at least one hit with Luke Schenn continuing his physical play as he had four hits as did Garnet Exelby who also dropped the gloves in the second period.

Ron Wilson's assessment of the effort by his depleted squad:

"I thought we played very well. For the most part had pretty good control of the game. You know, they're an opportunistic team. Their first two goals were weird deflections and even the third goal, (the puck) deflected off Luke's skate right to Ryane Clowe. So they kind of got lucky on a couple of situations. They took advantage of a couple of turnovers. So a lot more positives than negatives tonight, that's for sure."

Friday February 12 @ Blues
  8 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs conclude the pre-Olympic portion of the schedule when they take on the struggling St. Louis Blues.

The Blues have the fewest home wins of any team in the league with just nine and a year after making the playoffs, they find themselves on the outside looking in this year.

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