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Perfect Night For Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

January 14, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes thanks to Tyler Bozak's first NHL goal and Nikolai Kulemin scoring his ninth of the year.

Early in the third period, Luke Schenn jumped into the rush to make it a 3-on-1. Matt Stajan fed him and he roofed his second of the year to make it 3-0.  The Flyers argued that there were too many Leafs on the ice but the goal stood and the Leafs had some breathing room.

1 Career NHL goal for Tyler Bozak after scoring in the second period.
10/17/08 The last time that Vesa Toskala recorded a shutout.
3 Game point streak for Phil Kessel.
12 Leaf wins when leading after two periods.
5-1 Toskala's career record against the Flyers.
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Tyler Bozak
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Vesa Toskala
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Phil Kessel
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Tyler Bozak has made a name for himself in just his third NHL game. Bozak scored a highlight reel goal for this first ever NHL goal and he also assisted on Nikolai Kulemin's second period marker.

The line of Bozak-Kulemin and Phil Kessel has quite a bit of chemistry as they had several chances on the night. Bozak finished the night with two points, three hits, a plus two rating in 14:32 of action.

Jay Rosehill was called up on Wednesday and the bruising forward made his presence known right from his first shift. He threw a big hit along the boards and although his goal was waved off he set the tone.

Rosehill picked up an assist on the Schenn goal. He had some big hits and he was there late in the third when the Flyers went after Jamal Mayers. Rosehill, Mayers and Colton Orr all played a rugged game and were ready for any physical challenge the Flyers had.

The Leafs did something on Thursday that they hadn't done in ten games: They didn't allow a power play goal!

The Leafs allowed 14 power play goals in nine games but they killed off all four chances that the Flyers had. Toskala was a big reason. He made several key stops as Philadelphia had 10 of its 38 shots with the man advantage. The Leafs have a big test against the second best power play unit in the NHL, the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Phil Kessel on Tyler Bozak's terrific goal and playing with him:

"Oh, what a goal. Highlight of the night probably, right? It's got to be. I think he's playing real well out there and he had a great goal tonight. It's our second game playing together so we're trying to get used to each other. But he likes to pass the puck so he thinks pass first so I think we'll get along pretty good. He skates well; he thinks the game real well."  

Friday January 15 @ Capitals
  7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs close out the back-to-back against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. This is the first of five straight on the road for the Leafs.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams with the Leafs winning both games at the ACC and Washington winning at home.

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