Goalie switch can’t solve Leafs shootout woes

Curtis Joseph came off the Leafs bench to replace Vesa Toskala in the shootout, in Tuesday’s matchup between Toronto and Anaheim, but was unsuccessful. Joseph surrendered two goals on two attempts including the winner by Teemu Selanne as Toronto fell 3-2; the team’s third shootout loss in their past four outings.

“I have to like being in that position,” observed Joseph. “At least you can come in and you have a chance. Unfortunately, the quick releases look a little bit quicker when you’ve been sitting.

“If you never get an opportunity to try something like that, you’ll never be successful.”

Neither Toronto shooter – Nikolai Kulemin nor Tomas Kaberle – was able to score in the shootout.

The Leafs were able to salvage a point when Nik Antropov scored his second goal of the evening to tie the game with just under 53 seconds remaining in regulation time and Toskala on the bench for a sixth attacker.

Toronto heads to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday.

Forward Lines: Antropov-Mitchell-Blake, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Steen-Moore-Tlusty, Ponikarovsky-Mayers-Stajan
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Schenn, Van Ryn-Kubina, Frogren-Stralman
Goaltenders: Joseph (Sh./L), Toskala (64:39, 19 SV, 2 GA)
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1 comment

  1. armido

    i hope this coach will not be around when they get some talented players because he is all about controll and system which leaves out the real skilled players who react and who can intisapate the play before it even hapens send this ron wilson back to the juniors where the kids need to be punished for thier mistakes i dont think the system he uses will work with the talented players in the long run.

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