Sunday, October 30, 2011


Last night featured a battle of two teams at the top of the NHL standings. The NHL leaders took on the Northeast Division leaders, with the Northeast Division leading Maple Leafs edging out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

Pittsburgh may have the best penalty killing thus far but that didn't seem to matter, as the Leafs went 2/3 with the man advantage.  All the scoring for the blue and white came from the top two lines as Grabovski, Connolly, MacArthur and Kessel put the puck in the net.  On a night where former Leafs Captain Mats Sundin was in attendance, current Leaf Captain Dion Phaneuf played a great game.  He laid a big hit on Evgeni Malkin and notched 2 assists.  As a result, Kessel, Grabovski, MacArthur and Phaneuf all had 2 point nights.  Jonas Gustavsson was at his best in net again making 34 saves, two of which were scary good by way of his glove hand.  Phil Kessel was the first NHL player to reach 10 goals this year.  The last time a Leaf player managed that was in the 1949/1950 season.

Tonight, the Maple Leafs are in Ottawa as they try to derail the suddenly surging Senators. 

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