Jaroslav Halak Shines as Maple Leafs Lose Heartbreaker to Rival Canadiens in OT

December 26th, 2009 by Zach Smith Leave a reply »
Canadiens' goalie Jaroslav Halak made 47 saves and winger Andrei Kostitsyn scored the overtime winner to lead Montreal to victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in yet another heart-breaking loss to a divisional rival for the Buds.

The Leafs found themselves in an early hole, down 2-0 after a powerplay goal by Scott Gomez. Then, just 54 seconds later, Tomas Pleckanec broke in past the defense and chipped one over Jonas Gustavsson's shoulder to put them up by a deuce.

However, after that, the Habs stopped playing and the Leafs took it to their original six rivals, putting many shots on goal in flurries and earning multiple powerplays for, including an extended two-man advantage in which they could not score. They continued their dominance going into the second period which eventually led to their first goal, scored by defenseman Ian White on a slapshot from the point.

After that, the tempo of the game picked up dramatically as the Leafs made it look as though they were facing a pewee team, getting more shots and scoring chances, being more physical, and showing that they really wanted to win this game in front of the home crowd, contrary to their ...

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