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Wild Night In Washington

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

November 3, 2010
Verizon Center
Washington, DC
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It was a rough second period for the Leafs, but they battled back in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Alexander Semin made sure the Leafs didn't get the two points as he tied it to force overtime.

The Leafs had a great penatly kill in overtime that included a block shot by Tim Brent on an Alex Ovechkin point shot. Ovechkin would get his revenge however by scoring the winner in the shootout as the Capitals escaped with a 5-4 win over the scrappy Leafs.

3:03 Span between the Leafs' three third period goals.
1:16 Length of the first period fight between Colton Orr and D.J. King.
6-3-0 Capitals' record when allowing the opening goal.
3 Times this season that the Leafs have allowed 30 shots.
36 Games between goals for Mike Brown.
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It's not often a goalie gives up four goals and is the best player in the game but that is what happened with Jonas Gustavsson.

Late in the second, with Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom on a 2-on-1, Backstrom had a wide open net but Gustavsson dove and just got his stick on the shot. "The Monster" had Ovechkin's number all night. None of the goals Washington scored came off of huge rebounds or mistakes by Gustavsson. He gave the Leafs the chance at the win.

It was announced on Wednesday that Dion Phaneuf would be out four to six weeks. That leaves a huge hole on the blue line and one player who stepped up against the Capitals was Mike Komisarek.

Not only did he play a season-high 26:02 in 37 shifts, he had three hits and four blocked shots. Komisarek also sprung Kristopher Versteeg on his breakaway goal. It was a big performance for the Leafs blueliner who teamed with Francois Beauchemin on the top pairing.

Mike Brown was one of the better Leafs on the ice against Washington. He used his speed to great effect and he wasn't afraid to go to the front of the net to create some havoc.

Brown tipped home a Tomas Kaberle shot for his first goal as a Leaf and he also led the Leafs in shots with seven. Ron Wilson juggled his lines in the third period and Brown was a benefactor as he played 13:03 which was his second most on the season.

Ron Wilson offers his thoughts on the game:
"We competed all night long. We had a bad five minute stretch in the second period but in the third period I thought we played great, we pressured the puck, had a good power play and took the lead. I think the penalty that we took was awful questionable but we have to figure out how to get our penalty kill back to where it was."

Saturday, November 6 vs. Buffalo 
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs return home to take on the struggling Buffalo Sabres who are winless in four (0-3-1).

The Sabres were without goalie Ryan Miller in their loss to the Bruins on Wednesday. Buffalo plays Montreal at home Friday before facing the Leafs in the Hall Of Fame Game.

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