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Point Lost In Atlanta

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

February 27, 2011
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA
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The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. They had three straight power-play chances to start the second period but they couldn't get another goal and that was the difference.

Atlanta got on the board 23 seconds into the third and then they tied it with just over four minutes to go to force overtime. The Thrashers were all over the tired Leafs and Ron Hainsey jumped into the play and beat a screened J.S. Giguere for the winning goal.

12 Combined goals for Kulemin, Grabovksi and MacArthur against Atlanta this season.
18 Saves for James Reimer before he left the game.
8-2-4 Record for the Leafs in the month of February.
13 Points in his last 10 games for Phil Kessel.
5-9 Leafs' record this season in overtime.
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James Reimer was brilliant again for the Leafs until he had to leave the game with 3:53 to go in the second period. Evander Kane crashed into Reimer earlier in the period appearing to injure his neck. Reimer stayed in the game initially but the pain forced him to leave.

He kept the Leafs in the game in the early going making numerous big stops and even after he was hit by Kane he made two big saves robbing Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little on the breakaway.

The play of Carl Gunnarsson continues to impress with more ice-time. He has been a big part of the Leafs' penalty killing unit and for the second straight game and fourth in five he played over 24 minutes.

He isn't a flashy player but he is very steady and against the Thrashers he played the second most minutes among Leafs' players. Gunnarsson finished the night with one hit, one blocked shot and he led all Leafs' players in shorthanded ice-time at 4:13.

The Leafs were running on fumes in the third period and that was evident in the shot differential. Atlanta fired 20 shots at J.S. Giguere while the Leafs could muster just six against Chris Mason.

Toronto was playing its second game in less than 24 hours, second consecutive overtime game and third game in four nights. They finished the busy stretch with a 1-0-2 record. Heading into the weekend they were four points out of the playoffs and that is where they still sit.

Ron Wilson's take on the game against Atlanta:

"We had a really good first period but what killed us we were really sloppy on the power play in the second period and we lost our momentum there. In the third period the tank was kind of empty and it was hard to stop them when they were pushing."

Wednesday, March 2  vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs return home to open the month of March against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This will be the second straight home game against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh was not in action after Saturday's 6-5 shootout win as they play their second consecutive road game against the Leafs.

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