Thursday, September 30, 2010


The final game of the pre - season battle of Ontario was won by the Toronto Maple Leafs as they edged out a 4 - 3 victory over their provincial rivals. Both teams dressed almost complete NHL lineups, and the game had the physicality and animosity of a regular season match up. A big hit from Mike Komisarek on Daniel Alfredsson, and Francois Beauchemin using Alex Kovalev's big nose as a punching bag, set the tone for the Leafs. Kulemin and Kadri staked the Leafs to a two goal lead after one period of play, before Ottawa tied the game in the second period. The Sens then took the lead early in the third. Their one and only lead of the game would be short lived as Kadri took over in the third. The rookie scored the equalizer after making a beautiful move, and putting home his own rebound. Late in the third period of play the rookie showed great patience before setting up a point shot from Dion Phaneuf, that was deflected into the back of the net by Phil Kessel. Kadri responded well to the media pressure by scoring two goals, and adding an assist. It may be a case of too little too late, as Ron Wilson said that his spot on the team will be determined by his entire pre - season, not just one game. The Leafs went 5/5 on the penalty kill, and 3/9 on the power play, with J.S. Giguere making 22 saves in the winning effort. The Maple Leafs will close out the pre - season with a home and home set with the Red Wings, starting in Detroit on Friday at 7pm

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