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Storm Troopers

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

February 3, 2011
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With the Maple Leafs leading 1-0 on a goal by Clarke MacArthur, they found themselves in some penalty trouble in the second period.

Mike Komisarek was sent off for roughing, James Reimer was called for hooking just 14 seconds later. Carolina went on two-man advantage for 1:36 but that's when Tim Brent stepped up. He blocked three shots, kept his stick in the shooting lanes and was a big reason the 'Canes could muster just one shot on goal during the power play.

7 Leafs to record at least one point.
41 Shots for the Leafs which is a new season high.
1 Shutout this season for the Maple Leafs.
56 Per cent on the draws for the Leafs.
4 Points this season for Tomas Kaberle against Carolina.
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Tim Brent's exceptional play on the penalty kill turned the game around. He sacrificed his body three times and after the first two was in obvious pain but he dropped down one more time. His play was a definite inspiration to his teammates.

Brent's rough night continued as in the third he looked to ice the game but Cam Ward made a ridiculous glove save to rob him. Brent finished a plus one, four blocked shots and he won 73 per cent of his draws.

There were many Leafs to choose from but James Reimer's stellar play continued as he recorded his very first NHL shutout. Reimer wasn't busy in the first 40 minutes, but in the third he stopped 12 shots.

Reimer was excellent as he stopped Chad LaRose on a breakaway in the second. In the third with the Hurricanes applying the pressure, he made two huge pad saves. It was also his first NHL win at home. He improves his record to 5-3-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .940 save percentage.

There is no doubt that the Maple Leafs put their bodies on the line against Carolina. They blocked 28 shots compared to just 13 for the Hurricanes. Leading the way was Francois Beauchemin who had seven blocks.

With his total from Thursday, he now has 124 on the season which is fifth best in the NHL. It also marks the second time this season that he has blocked seven shots in a game.

Ron Wilson on the incredible efforts of Tim Brent and the other penalty killers during Carolina's two-man advantage:
"He did the things that you need penalty killers to do. He got at least two blocks and Luke (Schenn) got a big one, too. So you need sacrifice like that especially at that part. They're having an extended five-on-three. Actually two of your penalty killers are the guys in the box and you have to find a way to do it ... and we did."

Saturday, February 5 @ Buffalo Sabres  
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs begin the first of three games in four nights as they take on their Northeast Division rival.

This will be third meeting of the season with the Sabres winning the first two games. Buffalo faces the Penguins Friday in Pittsburgh so the Leafs will look to take advantage of a tired Sabres' team.

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