Leafs Solve One Nemesis, Chance at Another Monday Night Against Buffalo

December 19th, 2009 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

There was a giant sigh of re-Leaf Saturday night after the Maple Leafs finally beat the Boston Bruins after a nasty seven-game losing streak to the division rivals that dated back to early last season.

It was a hard-fought, bloody battle that ended with a 2-0 win for the Leafs and the first career shutout for Jonas Gustavsson, who had a solid 25-save performance.

But more importantly the Leafs were able to beat their former nemesis, Tuukka Rask, the Leafs former first-round pick who they sent to the Bruins in 2006 in the trade that sent Andrew Raycroft to Toronto. Since Rask started his career in the NHL he had become somewhat of a nemesis for the Leafs.

Rask recorded his first career victory in Toronto on Nov. 20, 2007 in what was a huge boost to his confidence, since the Leafs seemingly gave up on the Finnish net minder before even giving him a chance.

He was 2-0 this season against the Leafs coming into Saturday night, a 7-2 win on Dec. 5 and a 5-2 win on Dec. 10, and was looking f ...

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