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Toronto goalies continue to struggle in the shootout as Leafs fall to Canucks

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TORONTO - In a season of disappointing results, the shootout continues to haunt the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mats Sundin scored the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto 3-2 on Saturday night, handing the Maple Leafs their second consecutive home shootout loss.

The Leafs lost 4-3 to Columbus in the shootout on Thursday and are 2-7 in the shooter-versus-goalie showdown his season.

At 2-8, only the Tampa Bay Lightning have a worse record in the shootout this season.

"It was another tough shootout loss for us," said Leafs centre Dominic Moore after Saturday's loss.

The main reason for the Toronto's poor shootout record is the fact the team's goalies have struggled mightily.

Vesa Toskala, who was sharp against Vancouver throughout regulation and in overtime, surrendered two goals on three shots.

The Leafs' No. 1 goalie is 2-5 in the shootout this season, having given up 13 goals on 23 shots for a meagre .435 save percentage.

To make matter worse, Curtis Joseph and Justin Pogge both have 0-1 shootout records and haven't stopped a single opposition shooter.

Both Joseph and Pogge have allowed two goals on two attempts. That leaves Toronto with 17 goals against on 27 shots in the shootout for a league-worst .370 save percentage.

"Vesa was outstanding, he was moving around, he looked fresh," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson after the loss to Vancouver. "It's just too bad he struggles in the shootout."

Toskala, with a 19-17-10 record on the season, tried to accentuate the positive, but acknowledged the importance of closing out games.

"We have to be happy, I think, if we're getting points," he said. "But we've been leading late in games and we have to find ways to get the win.

"I think I've been playing well lately. In the last eight or nine games I've played, we've had a chance to win. That's all a goalie can do."

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