Leafs can’t contain Hawks’ surge

The Maple Leafs lost 5-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre in a game that the home appeared to have well in hand. Toronto sprung to a 3-0 lead and held a 4-2 advantage after forty minutes of play. However the Blackhawks rallied with a pair of goals in the third period, setting the stage for David Bolland, who won the game in overtime.

“We tried to make too many long passes in the third period,” fumed head coach Ron Wilson to the game, making reference to the main reason for his team’s collapse, noting that the Leafs successfully carried the puck with their speed and short passing throughout the first two periods.

The Leafs had goals from Pavel Kubina, Matt Stajan, Dominic Moore and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Patrick Sharp replied with a pair for Chicago.

Toronto hosts the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.

Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Blake-Steen-White, Mayers-Moore-Mitchell
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Schenn, Finger-Kubina, Frogren-Stralman
Goaltenders: Toskala (OT/Loss: 60:49 minutes, 31 saves, 5 GA), Joseph (0:00)
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2 comments

  1. John Rogers

    Hard one to watch as a Leaf fan..played smart for two periods, ..I have only missed about three Leafs games this year..I still like what I see..Finger sure didn’t have his best game last night…I wonder about him…he can’t skate like the rest of the boys..seems out of place to me…
    There is a lot of work to do ….most games they have played this year..they have been in…they have worked their tales off…I’ve been a Leaf fan for over fifty years and I have never seem them ..even with their record this year being what it is….out of the gate this hard…they come to play…I have only seen them once be out worked by another team this year..other nights…out played ..but not out worked…I’m happy with that…..What’s the deal with Mr. Burke…what do thet mean the organization has been to busy to contact him…have they not been waiting and planning for this moment for some time now?…Bye Mr. Peddy (sp)..Your ice is thin.

    Again it also may look like we may need goal tenders… Maybe not..we’ll know by Christmas..

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