Toronto Maple Leafs Develop Bizarre Stats with 9-3 Domination Over Thrashers

January 7th, 2011 by Kaelan Lupton Leave a reply »
Alright, please say "I" if you actually saw a win like this coming.

Silence. Just as I expected.

Nobody could have possibly predicted a finish so strange in Friday's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Atlanta Thrashers, except for maybe your neighbourhood drunk.

The Maple Leafs arrived in Atlanta at 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, and although they had time for a practice, they likely approached their game knowing they were a tired bunch and simply hoped to squeeze out a win. The group will leave the arena with the knowledge that they may have just played their best game of the season.

Actually, forget this "best game of the season" talk. For some players it could be considered the best game of their careers. Take the line of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin as an example. That line produced 11 points on the night, including a career-high four points from Kulemin (two goals, two assists).

They weren't the only line that produced. The entire team seemed to keep the pedal to the metal for the majority of the game, only cutting the Thrashers a bit of slack in the final minutes of the third stanza.
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