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Playoff March Continues

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

March 3, 2011
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
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The Leafs and Flyers were playing a playoff style game and it appeared that the Leafs were headed to their fourth consecutive overtime game but the third line made some late game heroics.

Darryl Boyce won a puck battle from Sean O'Donnell and Colby Armstrong slipped the puck back to Boyce who put the wraparound past Sergei Bobrovsky. It was just Boyce's fourth career goal but biggest to date. It put the Leafs three points back of eighth place.

9 Straight one-goal games for the Leafs.
12 Wins on the season for James Reimer to lead Leafs goalies.
:21 Seconds between goals in the first period.
200 Career NHL points for Colby Armstrong.
1 Career NHL fight for Keith Aulie.
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Once again, James Reimer was brilliant in net. The young netminder made numerous big saves from the start of the game. He made outstanding stops on Matt Carle, Nikolai Zherdev and Mike Richards.

In the dying seconds of the game, after Keith Aulie fanned on his clearing attempt, Danny Briere was robbed by Reimer's left hand. He finished the night with 28 saves and he has now gone 7-0-3 in his last 11 games. His GAA is now 2.28 and SV% is .929.

Dion Phaneuf may have played his best game as a Leaf. The Leafs captain scored a huge goal late in the second period to tie the game and he was a force at both ends of the rink.

Phaneuf finished the night with two points, a plus two, three hits, five shots and two blocked shots. He seems to have found his confidence after figuring in on the winner against Pittsburgh. A night after playing just under 26 minutes, he saw 26:21 of action and was excellent.

This is some kind of run that the Leafs are on. Since the All-Star break, they have gone 10-2-4 and taken 24 of a possible 32 points. They have moved themselves to within three points of the New York Rangers and a the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Leafs have now gone unbeaten in regulation in nine straight. The last time they had a streak this long was from March 26-April 15 during the 2005-06 season when they went 10 without a regulation loss.

Ron Wilson's thoughts after the win over the Flyers:

"I was actually shocked that we had that much energy. We talked about establishing the forecheck, we thought that would be our best way to get them hemmed in their own zone and we were able to use four lines and everybody had a great game."

Saturday, March 5 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to take on an Original Six rival in the Chicago Blackhawks in the only meeting between the two teams this season.

The Blackhawks have won six straight and they sit in fourth in the Western Conference. Friday, the Blackhawks host Carolina before facing the Leafs Saturday.

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