Game #33 Dec. 20: Leafs 3 vs. Thrashers 6
Forward lines: MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin, Versteeg-Bozak-Kessel, Armstrong-Brent-Sjostrom, Lebda-Mitchell-Orr
Defence pairings: Beauchmein-Phaneuf, Kaberle-Schenn, Komisarek-Gunnarsson
Goaltenders: Gustavsson (Loss, 44:19 minutes played, 13 saves, 5 GA), Reimer (14:09 minutes played, 4 saves, 0 GA), (empty net – 1 GA)
-The Leafs gave up the opening two goals of the game within a 28 second span early in the first period, on just 3 shots on goal.
-Jonas Gustavsson was yanked after Atlanta’s fifth goal, while backup goalie James Reimer made his first career NHL appearance. “You never know when you’ll get your chance,” said Reimer. Not the situation that you want to go in, but I had fun.”
-Head coach Ron Wilson reflected on the goalie switch: “(Gustavsson) has been struggling a little bit. In hindsight maybe I should have changed goalies a little bit earlier, but I wanted him to battle through, and I didn’t want our players to think that the goalie was the excuse.”
-Mitchell’s goal was his first on the season, ending a personal 26-game scoring drought (March 27). Reacting to the second instance of fan waffle-tossing this month, Mitchell said “It’s kind of a slap in the face. Hopefully our fans will think differently. We just have to be better on the ice, so that our fans are cheering for us.”
-Kaberle’s assist on Mitchell’s goal was the 500th point of his NHL career.
-Grabovski extended his goal-scoring streak to four games.