NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Toronto|
(Thursday, January 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Winnipeg 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jonas Gustavsson stopped all 24 shots fired his
way to earn his first shutout of the season and the second of his career as
the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Winnipeg Jets, 4-0, at Air Canada Centre.
Tim Connolly and Mikhial Grabovski finished with a goal and an assist apiece,
while Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur also found the back of the net for the
Leafs, who have won back-to-back games after dropping three straight.
"He was solid and very professional tonight," Maple Leafs head coach Ron
Wilson said of his goaltender's performance. "He didn't give up very many
rebounds, especially on shots that were coming from the point. I think he did
a very good job of handling the puck when he needed to."
Chris Mason was tagged for all four goals on 25 shots for the Jets, who have
lost two consecutive games since winning three straight.
The Leafs wasted little time finding the back of the net, taking the lead just
five minutes into the first period when Connolly retrieved a loose puck behind
the net, fended off a pair of defenders and found Joffrey Lupul in the right
circle. Lupul immediately turned and fired it right to the tape of Kessel, who
deflected it past Mason from in close to make it 1-0.
Toronto extended its lead to 2-0 1:22 into the second frame when Dion Phanuef
fired one through traffic from the point that was stopped by Mason, but the
rebound came right to Connolly, who wristed it home from the left circle.
The Leafs essentially iced the game 3:38 into the third period when they took
advantage of a poorly executed line change by the Jets, which gave Toronto a
3-on-2 advantage down low. Nikolai Kulemin moved into the offensive zone on
the right wing and found Grabovski trailing the play in the slot. The crafty
winger then fired a quick wrister over the shoulder of Mason for a 3-0 edge.
The Leafs capped the scoring at 10:37 of the final period on the power play
when Grabovski sent a slick pass from the left circle to a wide-open
MacArthur, who banged it home from the right of the net.
Winnipeg did manage nine shots in the final 20 minutes of play, but were
unable to dent Gustavsson's armor. The Jets were shutout for the fourth time
Toronto leads the all-time series with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise,
27-12-1-5...MacArthur extended his point streak to seven games...Toronto
finished 1-for-3 with the man-advantage, while the Jets failed to convert on
their only power play chance...Winnipeg with travel to Buffalo to battle the
Sabres on Saturday, while the Leafs will face the Detroit Red Wings, also on
01/05 23:18:46 ET