After falling behind 2-0 to the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs staged a comeback to earn their second win of the year – a 4-2 victory at TD BankNorth Garden on Thursday. Anton Stralman’s first goal of the year at 10:46 of the third period held up as the game-winner.
Impressive in the Leafs win was not only their string of unanswered goals, but their ability to turn the momentum of the game even after being physically run by the Bruins. Late in the first period, Matt Stajan was laid flat on a clean hit from Boston’s Dennis Wideman. Meanwhile a check from Milan Lucic on Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn caused the glass to shatter, leading to a 7-minute second period delay.
Both Leaf players shook off their hits and contributed on the scoresheet; Van Ryn opening the scoring for Toronto on a power-play, and Stajan assisting on Nik Antropov’s tying goal.
Niklas Hagman rounded out the scoring with an empty-netter. The Leafs return home to face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Tlusty, Steen-Moore-Kulemin, Hollweg-Mayers-Mitchell
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Schenn, Van Ryn-Kubina, Frogren-Stralman
Goaltenders: Toskala (Win, 59:55 minutes, 26 saves, 2 GA) Joseph (0:00)
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