The Toronto Maple leafs headed into Nassau Coliseum with their 2 big leaders out. Sundin missing his 2nd straight game, and Antropov's first. Missing 59 of their goals this year from the 2, leaving them only 37 goals among their centers heading into tonights game. The outlook seemed very bleak.
The Leafs started the game with some hustle, with already 8 shots on the net, and a strong powerplay. Then during their 2nd powerplay of the period, Leafs had more pressure on Wade Dubielewicz, the loose puck came to Rob Davidson who fluttered it 174ft, bouncing, flipping over end, and right infront of Vesa Toskala, it turned the other way on a bounce and flew right over it glove. That was their wierdest goal I've ever seen, and it gave a few Leafs a chuckle. Bryan McCabe went over to Toskala to share a laugh and help settle him down, and it helped.
The rest of the way Toskala shut the door, and the Leafs continued their hard work. Finally at almost half way through the 3rd period Ponikarovski made a nice move, gave it to Alex Steen who shot it on net, Wellwood got a piece of it and it deflected through Dubielewicz. Toronto kept the pressure coming, the next powerplay Kaberle set up the big gun Pavel Kubina, and he wired the puck home with a screened Dubielewicz by Ponikarovski.
Kubina's goal was the eventual game winner his 3rd game winner and 4th goal in the past 4 games. The final score 3-1, Toronto Maple Leafs over New York Islanders. Kubina's been a huge boost to this team still trying to get this team into a playoff spot that looks slimmer after their loss on saturday.
Still the Leafs have shown some great efforts in the last month, and continuing to play well without Sundin and Antropov is fantastic, and getting strong efforts and consistancy from their leaders and and young stars will help this team in the future if not this years playoffs.
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