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by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

September 21, 2011
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A night after looking sluggish in their 4-0 loss to the Flyers, the two teams were back at it in Philadelphia with the Leafs having more jump than their hosts.

With the Leafs clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third period, Korbinian Holzer shot the puck to the net and Colby Armstrong tipped the puck initially before it bounced off Joe Colborne and in for the eventual game winning goal. It was Colborne's first of the preseason.

+3 Rating for Matt Frattin.
21 Penalty minutes for Jay Rosehill on the night.
22:31 Ice-time for Carl Gunnarsson to lead both teams.
.958 Save percentage for Ben Scrivens in the preseason.
38 Combined hits on the night.
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Juraj Mikus
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We will hand this award to two youngsters competing for one of the final spots on the Leafs roster. Colborne had the winning goal and looked more comfortable than in the previous two preseason games.

Frattin played in a more offensive role Wednesday and was rewarded with six minutes of power play time. His first goal came on a nice pass from Armstrong and he sealed it with the empty netter in over 18 minutes of ice-time.

Although they weren't overly tested, Ben Scrivens and Jonas Gustavsson were both excellent in net. Scrivens got the start and made several big stops on the Flyers early in the game. He is sound positionally and calm in net, almost a James Reimer clone.

Gustavsson entered the game late in the second period and he did allow both goals but with the Leafs leading 3-2 late in the third he stopped Danny Briere with an excellent right pad save..

Three. The number of Leafs' preseason games so far and the only player to play in all three has been Colborne. The Leafs' busy week will see them have a practice day on Thursday before playing back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and Saturday.

After the two games this weekend, the Leafs will have just three more next week leading up to the regular season opener on October 6th against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre.

Ron Wilson on the play of the younger players in the win:

"The kids we had in the lineup tonight know the next round (of cuts) that some of them are going to be on it. If some guys keep playing well they force us to make tough decisions. You just can't give out jobs, you have to reward people who give an effort night in and night out."

Friday, September 23 vs. Buffalo Sabres
  7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs welcome their QEW rivals for the first time this preseason. The Sabres have added quite a few players in the summer and should be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and NHL this season.

The two teams will meet again in Buffalo on Saturday to close out the back-to-back.

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