It’s been quite a while since Leafs fans have seen a comeback quite like the one staged at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Trailing 2-0 with just under eight minutes left in the third period, the Leafs exploded for 5 goals within a span of 5:21 to take the game by a score of 5-2.
Leading the charge was John Mitchell, who scored the first three points of his NHL career with a goal and two assists.
“I’ve never really been involved in a game like this,” said Mitchell. “I was very excited to score my first goal, and this place was just electric. It was awesome.”
Leafs coach Ron Wilson was just as amazed as anyone in the building, including the 19,179 fans in attendance, at the barrage of goals that paved the way to victory. “You can’t explain it. I can’t remember the last time I coached a team where scored five goals in five minutes to close out a win like that.”
Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina and Dominic Moore also scored for Toronto.
Toronto did not register a five-goal period at any point during the 2007-08 season.
The Leafs face the Hurricanes in Carolina on Sunday.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Steen-Mitchell-Blake, Hollweg-Moore-Mayers
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Kubina, Van Ryn-Stralman, Finger-Schenn
Goaltenders: Toskala (Win 65:00 minutes, 26 saves, 5 GA) Joseph (0:00)
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