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Antropov, Stajan lift Maple Leafs past Oilers

Nov 14, 2008 - 6:11 AM EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Nik Antropov snapped a tie with 61 seconds remaining in the second period and Matt Stajan notched three assists for the third time in his career as the Toronto Maple Leafs recorded a 5-2 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Defenseman Tomas Kaberle, rookie Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski each netted a power-play goal as Toronto went 3-for-4 with the man advantage.

Blue-liner Ian White also scored and Vesa Toskala turned aside 23 shots for the Maple Leafs.

"I think as a group, we know we need everyone going every night," Stajan said. "You can't look over at one or two guys and expect them to win you a hockey game. ... Everyone's contributing in their own way and we're winning hockey games, and that's the key to our success right now."

"If the power play is clicking, there's more than a 50 percent chance that you're going to win the game," Antropov said. "That's what happened to us."

Captain Ethan Moreau scored and Sam Gagner recorded his first goal of the season for Edmonton, which returned home after playing 12 of its first 15 games on the road.

"It was obviously a weight off my shoulders," Gagner said of the goal. "There's still a long ways to go this year, and I have to find a way to have a more consistent effort every game and try to create my own bounces. But it was definitely a good feeling."

Ales Hemsky and defenseman Denis Grebeshkov notched two assists apiece and rookie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 24 saves as the Oilers saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end.

"We were definitely concerned coming off our long road trip with our start to this game, but we came out energized and ready to go," Edmonton defenseman Steve Staios said. "It seems it is that first period when you are coming off a long trip that does you in, but it was the rest of the game that did it to us tonight."

"You never like to win a couple games and then come back with a loss like that," Gagner said. "We have to find that consistency where we play the same way every night. I think we are getting closer and closer to finding that. And hopefully, we get there in the near future."

With the game even at 2-2, Stajan set up his third goal of the second period with time winding down.

The 24-year-old gathered the puck behind the end line and backhanded it to Antropov in the slot. The Russian made no mistake as he quickly unleashed a shot past Drouin-Deslauriers for his seventh goal of the season.

Stajan had assisted on power-play goals by Kaberle and Kulemin earlier in the session that gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 advantage.

"They're putting the puck in the net for me when I'm giving it to them," Stajan said. "I'm getting some power-play time and everything's rolling.

"When you get an opportunity, you try and make the most of it - and (when) things start going in, you start playing with confidence. I think our line, we're rolling and we're playing with confidence. It's resulting in a lot of goals, and we know we've got to do that on a nightly basis to give ourselves the chance to win."

White extended the lead to 4-2 at 5:05 of the third by taking a feed from Jason Blake in the slot and beating Drouin-Deslauriers for his second tally of the campaign.

Blake then set up an unmarked Grabovski in the slot with 6:38 remaining in the contest. The 24-year-old slipped the puck past Drouin-Deslauriers for his eighth goal.

"I give (the Maple Leafs) credit because they are a hard-working group that is structured - and we lack that structure in our game right now," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "That's why we got pounded."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TORONTO 0 3 2 5
    EDMONTON 1 1 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - (PP) SAM GAGNER 1 (DENIS GREBESHKOV, ALES HEMSKY)
    12:39
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) TOMAS KABERLE 2 (MATT STAJAN, CARLO COLAIACOVO)
    2:47
    TOR - (PP) NIKOLAI KULEMIN 3 (MATT STAJAN, TOMAS KABERLE)
    4:32
    EDM - ETHAN MORE

    Nov 13 11:26 PM


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    TORONTO 5
    EDMONTON 2
    3RD PRD: TOR - (PP) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 8 (JASON BLAKE, TOMAS KABERLE)
    13:12

    Maple Leafs 5, Oilers 2  3rd - 6:48Nov 13 11:17 PM


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    TORONTO 4
    EDMONTON 2
    3RD PRD: TOR - IAN WHITE 2 (JASON BLAKE) 5:05

    Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2  3rd - 14:55Nov 13 11:02 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 3 3
    EDMONTON 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - (PP) SAM GAGNER 1 (DENIS GREBESHKOV, ALES HEMSKY)
    12:39
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) TOMAS KABERLE 2 (MATT STAJAN, CARLO COLAIACOVO)
    2:47
    TOR - (PP) NIKOLAI KULEMIN 3 (TOMAS KABERLE, NIKLAS HAGMAN)
    4:32
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    TORONTO 3
    EDMONTON 2
    2ND PRD: TOR - NIK ANTROPOV 7 (UNASSISTED) 18:59

    Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2  2nd - 1:01Nov 13 10:34 PM
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    Maple Leafs 2, Oilers 2  2nd - 7:17Nov 13 10:23 PM
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    Maple Leafs 2, Oilers 2  2nd - 10:00Nov 13 10:19 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    EDMONTON 2
    2ND PRD: EDM - ETHAN MOREAU 5 (ALES HEMSKY, DENIS GREBESHKOV) 7:24

    Maple Leafs 2, Oilers 2  2nd - 12:36Nov 13 10:17 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) NIKOLAI KULEMIN 3 (TOMAS KABERLE, NIKLAS HAGMAN)
    4:32

    Maple Leafs 2, Oilers 1  2nd - 15:28Nov 13 10:10 PM
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    TORONTO 1
    EDMONTON 1
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) TOMAS KABERLE 2 (UNASSISTED) 2:47

    Maple Leafs 1, Oilers 1  2nd - 17:13Nov 13 10:05 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0
    EDMONTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - (PP) SAM GAGNER 1 (DENIS GREBESHKOV, ALES HEMSKY)
    12:39
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TOR 6 6
    EDM 13 13
    GOALIES: TOR - VESA TOSKA

    Nov 13 9:44 PM
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    TORONTO 0
    EDMONTON 1
    1ST PRD: EDM - (PP) SAM GAGNER 1 (DENIS GREBESHKOV, ALES HEMSKY) 12:39

    Maple Leafs 0, Oilers 1  1st - 7:21Nov 13 9:32 PM