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Kubina nets OT winner to lift Maple Leafs past Thrashers

Dec 31, 2008 - 5:08 AM
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Pavel Kubina scored a power-play goal 33 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.

Rookie Nikolai Kulemin, Lee Stempniak and Jason Blake scored for the Maple Leafs, who snapped their three-game losing streak.

Curtis Joseph stopped 29 shots en route to his first victory of the season and 450th career.

"It was an entertaining game and the guys were happy for me that I got my first win and it feels really good to contribute," Joseph said. "I haven't played a lot and I've had to find that mental edge where you've got to be sharp no matter what and I think I had a little of that tonight.

"You learn to battle and summon up all of the experience you've had in the past and we were able to win the game. I felt very focused tonight."

Bryan Little and Jim Slater tallied for the Thrashers before Colby Armstrong netted a power-play goal to forge a 3-3 tie with 6:43 left in the third period.

"I thought Joseph played well the whole game and made some timely saves for them," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "We got away from our gameplan in the second period and allowed them to come back. We battled hard to tie it late but couldn't come away with the win."

Kubina notched his eighth goal of the season when he fired a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Johan Hedberg and sent the Maple Leafs to a win in the first contest of a four-game homestand.

Little and Slater scored within a span of 1:58 early in the first to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead, but Kulemin converted passes from Mikhail Grabovski and defenseman Jonas Frogren to cut the deficit in half shortly thereafter.

"We got down early but (Joseph) kept us in the game and let us catch our breath and get back into it," Stempniak said. "We were able to get a lot of shots and generated second opportunities on rebounds. We did a better job as the game went on to go to the net and pounce on rebounds."

Stempniak pulled Toronto even at 2-2 with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle 4:16 into the second.

"I pulled the puck in and tried to change the angle a little bit and was able to get it under his arm and in the net," Stempniak said.

Hedberg was exposed again as Blake capitalized by unleashing a snap shot from in front of the net with 86 seconds remaining in the session.

However, Toronto's rally was negated by a hard wrister from Armstrong from the slot that flew by Joseph to knot the game and force the extra session.

Still, Joseph's teammates were impressed with his effort.

"We're really happy for him," Stempniak said. "He works so hard in practice and it's up to us to play well in front of him, but he made some unbelievable saves on a few breakaways."

One of those breakaways came from Slater, who failed to notch his second goal of the game thanks to one of Joseph's saves in the second period.

"It's tough when you fight back to tie it late and then take a penalty to go into overtime shorthanded," Slater said. "It's tough to kill a 4-on-3. I was able to score on the first breakaway but then I had another breakaway shorthanded and if I score on that it could be a different outcome."

Hedberg turned aside 43 shots - including 16 in the second.

"Every game I've ever coached against Hedberg he's stood on his head," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "Tonight he made some unbelievable saves, it shouldn't have gone to overtime but it did, and we got a break and scored a nice goal. We were committed to getting the puck on the net which makes the goalie have to find it and we were in attack mode."






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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    ATLANTA 2 0 1 0 3
    TORONTO 1 2 0 1 4 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 19 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    4:14
    ATL - JIM SLATER 3 (JOSEPH CRABB, NICLAS HAVELID) 6:49
    TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 7 (MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI, JONAS FRO

    Dec 30 10:12 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    TORONTO 4
    OT: TOR - (PP) PAVEL KUBINA 8 (TOMAS KABERLE, DOMINIC MOORE) 0:33

    Thrashers 3, Maple Leafs 4  End of OTDec 30 10:10 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 0 1 3
    TORONTO 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 19 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    4:14
    ATL - JIM SLATER 3 (JOSEPH CRABB, NICLAS HAVELID) 6:49
    TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 7 (MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI, JONAS FROGREN)
    8:29
    2ND PRD: TOR - LE

    Dec 30 10:07 PM
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    ATLANTA 3
    TORONTO 3
    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) COLBY ARMSTRONG 10 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, ERIK
    CHRISTENSEN) 13:17

    Thrashers 3, Maple Leafs 3  3rd - 6:43Dec 30 9:55 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 0 2
    TORONTO 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 19 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    4:14
    ATL - JIM SLATER 3 (JOSEPH CRABB, NICLAS HAVELID) 6:49
    TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 7 (MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI, JONAS FROGREN)
    8:29
    2ND PRD: TOR - LEE

    Dec 30 9:15 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    TORONTO 3
    2ND PRD: TOR - JASON BLAKE 8 (DOMINIC MOORE, JONAS FROGREN) 18:34

    Thrashers 2, Maple Leafs 3  2nd - 1:26Dec 30 9:13 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    TORONTO 2
    2ND PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 6 (ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY, NIK ANTROPOV)
    4:16

    Thrashers 2, Maple Leafs 2  2nd - 15:44Dec 30 8:43 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 2
    TORONTO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 19 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    4:14
    ATL - JIM SLATER 3 (JOSEPH CRABB, NICLAS HAVELID) 6:49
    TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 7 (MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI, JONAS FROGREN)
    8:29
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    ATLANTA 2
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 7 (MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI, JONAS FROGREN)
    8:29

    Thrashers 2, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 11:31Dec 30 7:55 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    TORONTO 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - JIM SLATER 3 (JOSEPH CRABB, NICLAS HAVELID) 6:49

    Thrashers 2, Maple Leafs 0  1st - 13:11Dec 30 7:53 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    TORONTO 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 19 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    4:14

    Thrashers 1, Maple Leafs 0  1st - 15:46Dec 30 7:47 PM