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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Canes beat Leafs in OT

On Thursday night, the Maple Leafs came in and suffered the same fate as last time they visited Raleigh. Carolina took advantage of an overtime power play to win the game 3-2.

Jiri (internet porn star) Tlusty got the Leafs on the board at 3:20 of the first. Mats Sundin made a nifty drop pass to Tlusty, who banged it it off the post. Hal Gill got the secondary assist.

At 13:19 of the second, Timmay Gleason fired a shot from the right point that somehow found its way in the net. It caromed off a couple of players, and there was some review to see if it had been re-directed with a high stick. The final ruling was that it had last hit Leafs defenseman Ian White. Scott Walker and Sergei Samsonov Ray Whitney got the assists.

At 3:29 of the third, there was another controversial play. Again involving a Tim Gleason shot. He took a shot through heavy traffic from the high slot. Walker had collided with Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala, but there was no interference call made. Walker tipped the puck in, and they again reviewed for a high stick, but again, it came back as a goal, which was consistent with the call on the ice. Gleason and Bret Hedican got the assists. This would later be fodder for a Chairman Mo tirade.

It looked like the Leafs had tied it when Jason Blake was involoved in a tight play on the goal line. The call on-ice was that the puck never crossed the line. Replays were not conclusive enough to overturn the call, but it sure looked like it might have crossed the line, then been brought back by Ward. This would later be fodder for a Chairman Mo tirade.

In the waning seconds of the game, the Leafs' captain notched an overtime-forcing goal. Darcy Tucker took a shot from an impossible angle below the right circle. He was doing exactly what you're supposed to do in that situation. He fired it at the net and hoped for the best. Sundin was there, and the shot went off his skate and in. Again, there was a review to see if it had been kicked in, but the goal was rightfully allowed to stand.

2:34 into the bonus frame, Nik Antropov was whistled for hooking Cory Stillman. Really, it was more like a slash, but either way, it was a stick foul. This would later be fodder for a Chairman Mo tirade.

At 3:20, Ray Whitney found Rod Brind'Amour alone in the slot, and Brindy potted the game winner from there. Cory Stillman got the second helper.

Artropov lost his marbles at this point. He came out of the penalty box, launched his stick at the referees and stomped off to the locker room. He was slapped with two game misconduct penalties. The "abuse of officials" carries a mandatory three game suspension.

The official three stars were Walker (third), Gleason (second) and Brind'Amour (first), but I can't quite do it like that. The RBH three stars:

THIRD STAR Mats Sundin, TOR --- 1 goal, 1 assist
SECOND STAR Rod Brind'Amour, CAR --- GWG
FIRST STAR Tim Gleason, CAR --- 1 goal, 1 assist, +2, 4 blocked shots, 4 hits

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