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Tables Turned In Shootout

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Iaboni

September 24, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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When Dion Phaneuf gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead in the third period, it seemed that they were home and cooled out but that wasn' the case.

Nikolai Zherdev and Danny Briere scored goals 1:18 apart to send the game to overtime. The Leafs thought they had the game won in OT but Phil Kessel's goal was nullified when the referee said he gloved the puck into the net. The Leafs felt otherwise. Unlike in London, this shootout lasted just three rounds with the Flyers coming out on top.

36 Shots on net for the Leafs which was a preseason high.
17 Penalty minutes for Mike Brown on the night.
0 Shots faced by Brian Boucher who came on in the shootout for the win.
18:31 Ice-time for Keith Aulie in his first action with the Leafs.
2 Points for Kris Versteeg playing with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel.
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Playing in his first preseason game, Jean-Sebastien Giguere was very sharp between the pipes for the Leafs. He made numerous stops early in the game when it was still scoreless and he was a big reason the Leafs' penalty killing unit killed off all four disadvantages.

Giguere wasn't terribly busy in the third period and the two tying goals were bad bounces. In the shootout the Flyers used some great moves to beat the Leafs netminder.

Wayne Primeau was looking at a very quiet fall this year. He wasn't signed by anyone in the summer but the veteran was offered a tryout by the Leafs before camp opened last Friday. Against the Flyers, he made a case for a spot on the Leafs fourth line come October 7th.

Primeau played on a line with Colton Orr and Mike Brown and he was very effective in his 11:41 of ice-time. He had five shots, was a plus one with one assist and he won 56 per cent of his draws.

One area of the game that head coach Ron WIlson wouldn't be thrilled at was the number of giveaways the Leafs committed in their own zone. The Leafs had trouble getting the puck out and starting their offence as they were caught a few times running around.

On the third Flyers' goal, the Leafs couldn't clear and seconds later the score was all level. In total they had 10 giveaways compared to just three for Philadelphia.

Ron Wilson on the new line formation of Tyler Bozak between Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg:

"They had lots of scoring opportunities; the power play looked with those guys on the ice very sharp. And I liked the other line as well, (Mikhail) Grabovski, (Nikolai) Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur. I thought they did a pretty good job of handling the puck as well."

Saturday September 25 @ Buffalo 
7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The five games in five nights will come to an end when the Leafs take on their Northeast Division rival Sabres in Buffalo.

Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start in net and play the entire 60 minutes for the first time this preseason.

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