Flyers-Maple Leafs: Pavel Kubina Strikes Again

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IMarch 12, 2008

Kubina scored the huge winner in overtime his second of the night, the previous night when the Leafs regrouped from a three goal deficit to defeat the Flyers 4-3.

The Leafs picked up all four points available from the home-and-home series and allowed the Flyers only one, for a net gain of three. They've moved within five points of the Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot as well six points away from seventh behind the Boston Bruins in their Conference.

The Maple Leafs lost Sundin in the first period with a strained groin. He tried to rush back on a play and felt a pull. Sundin is now a wait and see injury, they took him out of the game as soon as he felt something, and are going to take their time with it. He might not be available in the next game as well. Sundin a huge leader, has been on a tear (no pun intended) with a point in nine straight games and helped lead the Maple Leafs on their current steak to try to lead his team into the post season. Last night he lead the Leafs with 25 minutes. Those minutes are going to have to be spead around the rest of the team. Players gaining alot of that ice time will be Jeremy Williams, Jiri Tlusty, and Matt Stajan.

Biron could not stop Kubina's power-play blast early into the third for a 3-2 lead. A blast that was very similar to the previous two power play goals scored by Sundin in their last two outings. Sundin positions himself near the boards 1 quarter inside the zone, and fires a shot while having a offensive linemate screen the goalie in front. Tonight's screener was Matt Stajan on Kubina's winner.

The Leafs carried that huge momentum over into this one from the previous game, with Ian White's goal just four minutes into the game giving them a 1-0 lead. Finally scoring the first goal of the game, the past seven games they have allowed the first goal of the game.