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Canucks continue domination over struggling Leafs

Nov 14, 2010 - 6:22 AM
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mason Raymond scored the game-winner in the third period, as the surging Vancouver Canucks took down the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, at Air Canada Centre.

Raymond and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have won two in a row and eight of nine overall. Ryan Kesler had two goals for Vancouver, which also got a goal from Dan Hamhuis.

Roberto Luongo made 29 saves for the Canucks, who have won seven straight versus Toronto.

"That's the sign of a great team," Kesler said. "Even if we don't have our best we're going to stick to the game plan and grind it out and that's what we did tonight."

Mikhail Grabovski had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped eight straight and 11 of 12 since starting out the season 4-0-0. Fredrik Sjostrom and Phil Kessel also lit the lamp in defeat.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 27-of-31 shots for Toronto, which hasn't claimed victory in this series since a home win on November 24, 2003.

"The young guys played very well," Toronto head coach Ron Wilson said. "Nazi made 3 or 4 great plays that special people make. He didn't do anything that hurt us defensively. Keith Aulie played very well for a defenseman at his age in his first game. He skates very well, moved the puck, made heads-up plays and defended in our zone very well. He's better now than in training camp."

Sjostrom's tip-in at the 4:12 mark of the first period gave Toronto an early lead. Kessel's power-play goal over three minutes later gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 edge.

Sedin's power-play goal at the 9:39 mark cut the gap to 2-1, and Kesler then beat Giguere with 2:59 remaining to tie the game.

Vancouver scored on the power play early in the second to go in front. Kesler's slapper from the point found the back of the net just 56 seconds in to make it 3-2.

Grabovski responded with a slap shot of his own at the 11:44 mark to make it a 3-3 game heading to the third.

Raymond scored the go-ahead goal at the 13:36 mark of the third. Mikael Samuelsson controlled the puck at center ice and slid a pass to Raymond, whose slap shot beat Giguere for a 4-3 edge.

Hamhuis' first goal of the year sealed the victory with 50 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

The Maple Leafs started a three-game homestand on Saturday...The Canucks went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.