NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto|
(Tuesday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 3, New Jersey 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made his Toronto debut a
memorable one by turning aside all 30 shots, as the new-look Maple Leafs
snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 decision over the New Jersey
Devils in the first stage of a home-and-home set at Air Canada Centre.
Giguere, acquired from Anaheim for goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason
Blake on Sunday, recorded his second shutout of the season and 33rd of his
"He was solid, he's very professional, incredible focus and concentration out
there, that's what I noticed about him," Toronto head coach Ron Wilson said
about Giguere. "He was solid, saw the puck and our defensemen did a great job
in front of him clearing people and handling rebounds."
He became only the second goaltender in team history to record a shutout in
his debut. Ed Belfour was the first, beating Pittsburgh 6-0 on October. 10,
Nikolai Kulemin, Phil Kessel and Francois Beauchemin each tallied for Toronto,
which also acquired two-time All-Star defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward
Fredrik Sjostrom as part of a six-player trade with Calgary on Sunday.
Yann Danis, playing in only his eighth game of the season, stopped 23-of-26
shots for the Devils, who have lost four of their last five games.
"We tried, we had chances and it wasn't going in for us, but you can't fault
the guys for lack of effort," Danis said.
Toronto opened the scoring 4:40 into the contest when Kulemin put home a
rebound after Danis made the initial save on a Sjostrom shot.
Kessel then put the Leafs up 2-0 at 2:23 of the middle stanza. Tyler Bozak led
a line rush down the right side and after Danis was unable to control another
rebound, the puck came out to the slot where Kessel was able to fire it into
a relatively open net.
Beauchemin gave Toronto a three-goal cushion while on the power play at 14:09
on a blast from the point that beat Danis through the five hole.
New Jersey came out for the third in desperation mode, but Giguere stopped all
12 shots in the period.
Toronto improved to 10-12-5 at Air Canada Centre this season, while New Jersey
has dropped six of the last seven on the road and are now 17-9-2 as the
visiting team this year. The Devils will host the finale of this home-and-
home on Friday...Phaneuf had a solid game with four shots, three blocks, six
hits and a fight in over 24 minutes of ice time.
02/03 00:39:20 ET