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Struggling Leafs top struggling Devils

TORONTO — With a successful start behind him, Jonas Gustavsson wasted no time looking ahead to the Maple Leafs' next game.

The goalie filled in admirably for injured Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Thursday, stopping 29 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Devils. The Maple Leafs will rely heavily on Gustavsson over the next week or two while Giguere recovers from a groin strain.

The atmosphere at Air Canada Centre was relatively dull with two of the league's lowest-scoring teams facing each other. But Gustavsson was looking forward to a livelier evening Saturday, when Toronto visits Montreal. "You want to play those games when the crowd is going nuts and it's really loud," Gustavsson said.

The game against New Jersey seemed quickly forgotten. Toronto (7-8-3) put in a solid effort and came away with a second straight victory after an eight-game winless slide.

New Jersey's problems continued to mount. Already hampered by injuries, the Devils replaced goalie Martin Brodeur with Johan Hedberg after two periods because a right elbow injury reoccurred. Coach John MacLean said Brodeur will be evaluated today.

Tension is clearly mounting around the Devils, next-to-last in the Eastern Conference. The players held a lengthy closed-door meeting after the game.

Game highlights: Milan Lucic scored Boston's first three goals and Tuukka Rask made 41 saves for his first victory of the season as the host Bruins beat the Panthers 4-0. Backup Rask was 0-4-1 entering the game. … The Stars' Mike Ribiero scored at 2:52 of overtime, capping a two-goal comeback in the final three minutes of regulation to get to the extra period, for a 5-4 victory over the visiting Sharks.

Flames: The league suspended center Olli Jokinen for three games without pay for cross-checking the Coyotes' Wojtek Wolski in the head Wednesday. Jokinen was upset by the suspension. "My intent was not to injure, and circumstances resulted in my stick going higher then expected," he said.

Oilers: Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. A 2004 Stanley Cup winner with the Lightning, Khabibulin is 4-10-1 this season with a 4.07 goals-against average and a .879 save percentage. Edmonton is tied for last in the league with 11 points.

at Maple Leafs 0 2 1 3
Devils 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesVolchenkov, NJ (hooking), 10:33; Rolston, NJ (tripping), 19:48.

Second Period1, Toronto, Grabovski 5 (Kulemin, MacArthur), 1:42 (pp). 2, Toronto, Kessel 9 (Kadri, Komisarek), 7:29. 3, New Jersey, Zubrus 2 (Vasyunov, Kovalchuk), 10:14. PenaltiesMitchell, Tor (delay of game), 2:18; Schenn, Tor (cross-checking), 18:46.

Third Period4, Toronto, Versteeg 5 (Kadri, Kaberle), 13:17 (pp). PenaltiesCorrente, NJ (cross-checking), 12:14. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 6-12-12—30. Toronto 9-11-7—27. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 2; Toronto 2 of 3. GoaliesNew Jersey, Brodeur 4-10-1 (20 shots-18 saves), Hedberg (0:00 third, 7-6). Toronto, Gustavsson 2-3-1 (30-29). A19,271 (18,819).

at Bruins 1 0 3 4
Panthers 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Boston, Lucic 8 (Horton, Bergeron), 15:37. PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (goaltender interference), 3:59; Hordichuk, Fla, major (fighting), 16:31; Thornton, Bos, major (fighting), 16:31; Wheeler, Bos (high-sticking), 18:13.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesRecchi, Bos (interference), 1:23; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 3:47; Florida bench, served by McCabe (abuse of officials), 9:08.

Third Period2, Boston, Lucic 9 (Horton), 14:42. 3, Boston, Lucic 10 (Horton, Bergeron), 14:57. 4, Boston, Thornton 4 (Paille), 16:06. PenaltiesChara, Bos (tripping), :27; Stillman, Fla (interference), 5:08. Shots on GoalFlorida 16-13-12—41. Boston 11-15-14—40. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 0 of 5; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesFlorida, Vokoun 7-6-0 (40 shots-36 saves). Boston, Rask 1-4-1 (41-41). A17,565 (17,565).

Predators 0 1 2 3
at Canadiens 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesS.Kostitsyn, Nas (tripping), 17:50.

Second Period1, Nashville, Goc 4 (Bouillon, Klein), 1:19. PenaltiesFranson, Nas (high-sticking), 5:28; Sullivan, Nas (hooking), 7:00; Ward, Nas (delay of game), 11:00; Cammalleri, Mon (interference), 12:21.

Third Period2, Nashville, O'Reilly 4 (Sullivan, Hornqvist), 8:55. 3, Nashville, Goc 5 (Klein, Bouillon), 11:17. PenaltiesHamrlik, Mon (interference), 3:28; Spacek, Mon (tripping), 17:47. Shots on GoalNashville 16-5-9—30. Montreal 9-12-9—30. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 3; Montreal 0 of 4. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 5-5-2 (30 shots-30 saves). Montreal, Price 11-6-1 (30-27). A21,273 (21,273).

at Stars 2 0 2 1 5
Sharks 1 2 1 0 4

First Period1, Dallas, Richards 9 (Neal, Eriksson), 5:15. 2, Dallas, Neal 6 (Richards, Robidas), 7:30 (pp). 3, San Jose, Nichol 3 (Demers, Heatley), 18:41. PenaltiesJoslin, SJ (tripping), 7:16; Moore, SJ, major (fighting), 7:51; Fistric, Dal, major (fighting), 7:51; Burish, Dal (goaltender interference), 8:28; Morrow, Dal (tripping), 12:04.

Second Period4, San Jose, Pavelski 6 (Boyle, Clowe), 10:21. 5, San Jose, Couture 8 (Clowe), 12:37. PenaltiesSetoguchi, SJ, major (fighting), :19; Ott, Dal (slashing), :19; Benn, Dal, major (fighting), :19; Couture, SJ (hooking), 5:40; Mayers, SJ, major (fighting), 11:56; Barch, Dal, major (fighting), 11:56; Mitchell, SJ, misconduct, 14:14; Richards, Dal, misconduct, 14:14; Pavelski, SJ (hooking), 15:50; Neal, Dal, double minor (high-sticking), 18:37.

Third Period6, San Jose, Marleau 8 (McGinn, Setoguchi), 6:27. 7, Dallas, Neal 7 (Richards, Eriksson), 17:25. 8, Dallas, Ribeiro 1 (Morrow, Benn), 17:54. PenaltiesVlasic, SJ (interference), 18:18.

Overtime9, Dallas, Ribeiro 2 (Morrow), 2:52. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalSan Jose 15-11-12-1—39. Dallas 14-12-12-3—41. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 0 of 5; Dallas 1 of 4. GoaliesSan Jose, Niemi 2-4-1 (41 shots-36 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 9-6-0 (39-35). A14,720 (18,532).

Struggling Leafs top struggling Devils 11/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 12:17am]

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