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Postby kaisy on Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:44 am

TORONTO - The Leafs kicked off the New Year by snapping a skid. nike free schuhe herren . 14 different players hit the scoresheet as the Leafs erased a three-game winless streak with a 7-3 icing of the Lightning at the ACC on Tuesday night. A back and forth second period saw the two clubs exchange four goals in one minute and 48 seconds with Darryl Boyce potting the eventual game-winner, his first of the season. "I just think we had our foot on the gas all night," Ron Wilson said following the game. "They scored first, but we scored right away. And every time they managed to tie the game up - at least through the first half of the game - we bounced right back and got ahead almost on the next shift." Slipping in the month of December with just four wins (4-6-3) and sour from an empty three-game road trip (just one point), the Leafs were looking to begin January and a lengthy homestand - nine of 12 - in proper fashion. A much-needed confidence boost was in order for a roster brimming with youth. Joffrey Lupul led the way with four points with Dion Phaneuf (one goal, one assist), Tim Connolly (two assists), Matt Frattin (one goal, one assist), and Mikhail Grabovski (one goal, one assist), also chipping in with multi-point performances. The Leafs have scored seven on the Lightning in both meetings this season, defeating the Bolts by a 7-1 final on November 22. Five Points 1. Much-maligned in December (64%), the Leaf penalty kill finished a perfect five-for-five, looking aggressive, confident and certain for the first time since November. "It felt great," Carl Gunnarsson said. "We had a lot of confidence it felt like - no issues. And every time they got a powerplay we just felt like we were just going to go out there and kill it." Wilson shuffled his deck ever so slightly, teaming Boyce with David Steckel on the first unit, Connolly with Nikolai Kulemin on the second unit and Joey Crabb with Matthew Lombardi on the third unit. "I think weve just got to cut the cord here on the first half of the year with the penalty kill," Boyce told the Leaf Report prior to the game. "Regardless if we went 90% for the rest of the year I dont think were going to pull our percentage up too too much...I think weve got to put that behind us and start fresh." 2. Boyce buried the game-winner, but saved his most effective work for the PK. The 27-blocked a critical Steven Stamkos point shot with the Leafs killing a 45-second five-on-three. "The block on the five-on-three was huge," Wilson said. "Thats what we havent been getting a lot on our PK are guys willing to block shots. And the forwards got a few tonight and the D were excellent around the net in terms of blocking shots." 3. Also a pesky presence in constant confrontation with Lightning forward Steve Downie, Boyce impressed with his all-around performance on Tuesday night. Cut at training camp but recalled from the Marlies on December 20, hes quickly provided a spark, much the way he did at a similar stage last season. "The way things have developed we need that kind of second effort that he gives you," Wilson said. "Its contagious when somebody like that does those little things." 4. Using Winnipeg and their recent dominance at home as an example (10-3-1 during a stretch that saw them play 13 of 15 at home), the Leafs are looking to take full advantage of a lengthy stint in Toronto. Home-ice advantage is tricky to truly define, but a reality from Cody Fransons perspective. "Definitely," he told the Leaf Report, pointing to the effect he saw firsthand in Nashville. "They were so energetic that we actually built off the crowd there. Theyd scream through a whole TV timeout and when things arent going your way in a game that actually does help. I dont know if fans know what guys [on the bench] experience when they start doing stuff like that and how it can change the morale of a team in the middle of a game." "I think you do have a bit of an advantage," Wilson added. "You should know your ice; the board bounces and some things like that. But its up to us to determine home-ice advantage and go out and play well. It seems here in Toronto that you dont get very many teams that come in often and have an off-night; everybody gets fired up to play in Toronto, in Montreal, so your advantage is taken away a little bit, but well try to push the pace and make it a home-ice advantage." 5. Lupuls four point performance bumped him into a tie for fourth in the overall scoring race (44 points), just one behind teammate Phil Kessel, who added his team-leading 22nd goal in the win. Bonus Points Gunnarsson led the Leafs in ice-time at 25:39, also potting his second goal of the season…Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves for his 10th win…Kessels late goal (the 7th of the evening) extended his point streak to six games (three goals, three assists)…With an assist on Phaneufs sixth of the season, Clarke MacArthur also extended his point streak to six games (two goals, five assists)…Grabovskis two-point night gives him eight points in the last nine games…Frattin set up Boyce for the GWG, also scoring his fifth of the season minutes later…Colby Armstrong took to the ice briefly on Tuesday morning before his teammates. "Hes probably at least a week to ten days away from being ready to play," Wilson said. "When you get a concussion or those type of symptoms you cant go on the ice [so] you lose a lot of your conditioning and the timing; hes got to get that back." Armstrong has been sidelined since December 17, missing seven games. nike free schuhe billig . -- Greg Smith scored 15 points, Jeremy Lin had 13, and the Houston Rockets routed the Orlando Magic 108-92 on Friday night in the final exhibition game for both teams. nike free deutschland herren . Tate has flown back to Calgary with an MRI scheduled for Tuesday to see the extent of the damage to his injured left shoulder. . Justin Masterson handled New Yorks power-packed lineup for 6 2-3 innings and Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer as the Cleveland Indians snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday night. nike free herren . The Bruins needed a stellar game from goalie Tuukka Rask to hold off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday night that extended Bostons winning streak to seven. nike free schuhe damen . It gave New Jersey 100 points after the team missed the playoffs last season and it was the Devils first win in Detroit after nine straight losses.ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Eli Whiteside on a waiver claim from Toronto. Texas, which lost All-Star catcher Mike Napoli in free agency, also Wednesday re-signed infielder-outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Whiteside has been claimed on waivers by three different clubs this off-season. He had been acquired in a claim by Toronto after he was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees, who got him on a waiver claim from San Francisco. nike free deutschland billig. In 208 major league games with Baltimore (2005) and San Francisco (2009-12), Whiteside has a .224 average with one homer and 20 RBIs. He appeared in 12 games with the Giants last year. Snyder hit .277 in 40 games for the Rangers last season. ' ' '
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