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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