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Slump Hits Seven For Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

November 10, 2010
Bank Atlantic Center
Sunrise, FLA
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Having been shut out in three of their previous six games, the Leafs trailed 1-0 after the first period and couldn't get the equalizer despite having several chances.

The Panthers added to their lead on the power play in the second period. After Jonas Gustavsson made two stops, Steven Reinprecht was all alone at the side of the net to bang in his third of the season. That was more than enough on this night.

142:44 Goalless streak for the Leafs before Grabovski's goal.
9 Times this season that the Leafs have allowed the first goal.
2 Power play goals for the Panthers on the night.
0-3-1 Leafs' record in back-to-back games this season.
15 Shots for Phil Kessel in the last five games.
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Shawn Matthias
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Michael Frolik is one of the players that the Panthers are counting on as they continue to rebuild their team. Frolik has been on a tear of late, recording at least one point in five straight games.

Over those five games, he has picked up eight points after his three against the Leafs. He made a great pass to spring Shawn Matthias on the breakaway early in the third and he closed out the scoring for the Panthers when he one-timed home his fourth of the year.

Ron Wilson has said in the past that he didn't want to break up the line of Clarke MacArthur-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin but he did that against the Panthers by switching Kulemin and Kristopher Versteeg.

While Grabovski snapped the Leafs' goalless drought, MacArthur had several chances early in the game but he picked up his 100th career assist on the Grabovski goal. MacArthur has been a huge addition as he leads the Leafs in points and is tied for most goals.

After their 4-0 start the Leafs have gone 1-7-3 over the past  11 games and their goal scoring has dried up including going 2-29 with the man advantage.

Another area that has hurt the Leafs is that they haven't been able to recover after giving up the first goal this season. When the opposition scores first they are just 1-7-1 showing an inability to turn up the offence that is needed to get back in the game.

Ron Wilson on what is necessary to get things turned around:
"Just to relax, we're good enough, we're getting chances. I mean, they're talking about it all the time, too and sometimes maybe we talk about it too much. But we were getting to the net tonight; we had net front presence. We had a couple of deflections that Vokoun stopped and you've just got to stick with it, that's all ... You have to battle through it, it's as simple as that."

Saturday, November 13 vs. Vancouver 
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs return home to take on the always dangerous Vancouver Canucks who are playing the third game of their five-game Eastern Conference road trip.

Last season, the Canucks won both meetings against the Leafs including a comeback win in Toronto.

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