Monster Turn Around: Gustavsson Transforms From Zero To Hero for Maple Leafs

March 28th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

It was Feb. 5, 2010 and the Toronto Maple Leafs were visiting the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark. With a 3-1 lead and the third period winding down, the Leafs looked poised to hold on for a victory in one of the toughest buildings to do so.

Jonas Gustavsson had looked solid in the affair, coming into the game in a slump of sorts having struggled through much of the season. The team's confidence in him was clearly shaky, and with just 3:04 remaining, he proved why in the worst way possible.

Dean McAmmond lifted a quick back-hander over Gustavsson's shoulder to cut the lead to one, and then while on a power play, Travis Zajac tied the game at three with 43 seconds on the clock.

In just two minutes, that two-goal lead was gone and so was any confidence that the team had gained in the 25-year-old net minder during the game. As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard and the game seemingly headed to overtime, the Devils broke in on yet another rush to the Leafs' goal.

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