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Stajan, Grabowski rally Maple Leafs past Kings

Dec 2, 2008 - 7:19 AM
By Jonathan Raber PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Following a day of travel and three-hour time change, the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to avoid a slow start. They weren't able to prevent the early letdown, but made up for it with a late flurry.

Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski scored just over a minute apart in the third period to lift the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

"It was a very sluggish start," Toronto defenseman Jeff Finger said. "It took a good period, period and a half before we got the cobwebs out."

Once the hangover was gone, the Kings had no answer for the Maple Leafs' attack.

"The early part of the game was a matter of us going post-to-post to find our legs," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "Once we settled down, we got back to our 'throw the puck into the net kind of game.'"

Trailing by a goal, the Maple Leafs took advantage of a pair costly Kings' penalties early in the session. Defenseman Sean O'Donnell was whistled for tripping and captain Dustin Brown was hit with a tripping penalty in the opening two minutes of the period to set up a 5-on-3 advantage.

Stajan needed just 10 seconds to even the score, flicking a loose puck in front of the crease past a host of Kings.

"We got a lucky break, crashed the net," Wilson said. "(Stajan), who wasn't really feeling well, got rewarded by just hanging tough in front."

Still with a man-advantage, the Leafs struck 81 seconds later when rookie John Mitchell intercepted a pass as the Kings tried to clear the puck. He then fed an open Grabovski in front for the conversion and a 2-1 lead.

Finger added an empty-net goal in the final 10 seconds to account for the final score.

The Maple Leafs had struggled entering the contest, having won just once in their previous six games. Vesa Toskala allowed an early first-period goal but finished with 32 saves.

"The last few games, he's been outstanding for us," Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn said. "It wasn't his fault the first goal, we gave up a breakaway. He played well the whole night. He's been awesome for us and the reason the last few nights we've been playing better."

Jason LaBarbera stopped 27 shots for Los Angeles, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. It was LaBarbera's second start in past 30 days.

"We played well, we just didn't do enough," LaBarbera said. "We found a way to lose, instead of finding a way to win."

The Kings took a 1-0 advantage before the Leafs could settle in, scoring 57 seconds into the opening period.

Defenseman Matt Greene came up with the steal in Kings' territory and sent a long pass to Frolov, who was streaking down the center of ice. The right wing faked twice and finished with a backhand past Toskala.

Toronto got some bad news on the injury front when it was revealed that right wing Jamal Mayers suffered a broken hand after hitting it on the post in the first period.

After undergoing x-rays that showed damage, Wilson said he expects Mayers to miss three-to-four weeks.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TORONTO 0 0 3 3
    LOS ANGELES 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - ALEXANDER FROLOV 9 (MATT GREENE) 0:57
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: TOR - (PP) MATT STAJAN 7 (NIKLAS HAGMAN, LEE STEMPNIAK) 2:09
    TOR - (PP) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 10 (JOHN MITCHELL) 3:30
    TOR - (EN) JEFF FINGER 2 (UNASSISTED

    Dec 2 1:13 AM


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    TORONTO 3
    LOS ANGELES 1
    3RD PRD: TOR - (EN) JEFF FINGER 2 (UNASSISTED) 19:49

    Maple Leafs 3, Kings 1  3rd - 0:11Dec 2 1:09 AM


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    TORONTO 2
    LOS ANGELES 1
    3RD PRD: TOR - (PP) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 10 (JOHN MITCHELL) 3:30

    Maple Leafs 2, Kings 1  3rd - 16:30Dec 2 12:40 AM


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    TORONTO 1
    LOS ANGELES 1
    3RD PRD: TOR - (PP) MATT STAJAN 7 (NIKLAS HAGMAN, LEE STEMPNIAK) 2:09

    Maple Leafs 1, Kings 1  3rd - 17:51Dec 2 12:38 AM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0 0
    LOS ANGELES 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - ALEXANDER FROLOV 9 (MATT GREENE) 0:57
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TOR 10 7 17
    LOS 7 15 22
    GOALIES: TOR - VESA TOSKALA
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0
    LOS ANGELES 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - ALEXANDER FROLOV 9 (MATT GREENE) 0:57
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TOR 10 10
    LOS 7 7
    GOALIES: TOR - VESA TOSKALA
    LOS - JASON LABA

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    TORONTO 0
    LOS ANGELES 1
    1ST PRD: LOS - ALEXANDER FROLOV 9 (MATT GREENE) 0:57

    Maple Leafs 0, Kings 1  1st - 19:03Dec 1 10:43 PM
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