Maple Leafs 4, Stars 3, SO
As good as Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was good in the
shootout, he felt he got a bit lucky.
Gustavsson denied Dallas’ Mike Ribeiro in the third round after
Joffrey Lupul scored in the same round to give the Maple Leafs a
4-3 victory over the Stars on Friday night.
Lupul fired a shot through the pads of Stars goaltender Kari
Lehtonen for Lupul’s second shootout goal in as many tries this
season. Then Gustavsson had to back into his net to deny Ribeiro
after a nifty move to secure the extra point for the Leafs.
”I tried not to be too far out,” said Gustavsson, who stopped
26 shots in regulation and overtime. ”I knew you’ve got to get
deep or he’d tap it in.”
Gustavsson also got a break in the second round when a shot by
Dallas’ Jamie Benn rang off the goalpost.
Lupul registered his second shootout goal in two tries this
”It was a good win for us,” Lupul said. ”We didn’t play that
well in the second period, we let them back in the game, but we
played really well in the third period and it was a hard-fought
game right to the end. Tonight it took an effort from everyone, but
we got it done.”
Clarke MacArthur had given Toronto a 3-2 lead at 6:55 of the
Tim Connelly slid a pass from the right boards toward the net
while MacArthur barreled up the middle of the ice. MacArthur
deposited his eighth goal of the season past Lehtonen on Toronto’s
first shot of the final period.
But Radek Dvorak pulled Dallas even at 3 at 12:47 of the third,
notching his second of the season from low in the right circle.
Leafs captain Dion Pfaneuf added a power-play goal and teammate
Joey Crabb connected at even strength.
”It’s a big two points for our team coming in here,” Pfaneuf
said. ”I thought they played really well. They’re a real
hardworking team. They’re where they’re at in the standings in the
West for a reason, so we knew it would be a big test for us. I
thought we really stuck to it for the full 65 minutes and the
shootout to pull out two really big points.”
Eric Nystrom scored twice and Lehtonen stopped 20 shots.
The game drew a sellout crowd of 18,532, the first sellout for
the Stars this season, with the help of a vocal contingent of Maple
Nystrom gave the Stars the lead when he beat Gustavsson on a
wrist shot from the slot at 4:03 of the opening period.
The Leafs tied it at 1 at 10:55 of the first on Crabb’s
deflection, his fourth goal of the season.
Phaneuf’s power-play goal – his third of the season – sent
Toronto ahead at 14:53 of the first on a slap shot that dribbled
through Lehtonen’s pads and over the goal line.
Nystrom drew Dallas even at 2 at 4:38 of the second period with
his sixth goal of the season, converting Dvorak’s goal-mouth pass
for Nystrom’s third career two-goal game.
Nystrom, acquired from Minnesota in a trade on Oct. 12, had only
four goals in 82 games for the Wild last season. The Stars traded
for him because they needed his salary to reach the cap minimum,
but they’ve found that he can be a force on the third and fourth
”I was passed over by 29 teams twice, so I’ve kind of got a
chip on my shoulder against the world,” Nystrom said. ”I’m just
trying to prove to myself and everybody that I can be a powerful
player in this league and my linemates have been awesome, the
team’s been playing well and I’m just so happy to be a part of this
NOTES: Toronto D Carl Gunnarsson and C David Steckel both left
with undisclosed injuries in the second period and did not return.
… Leafs G James Reimer has returned to practice, the next step in
his recovery from concussion-like symptoms, and is expected to be
activated within the next 10 days. … Stars LW and captain Brenden
Morrow (multiple minor injuries) missed his second straight game
and is day to day. He’s expected to return next week. … This was
the only meeting between the teams this season. Last season the
teams played their only game in Toronto, a 4-1 win for the Maple
Leafs. … A group of Toronto players and staff attended Thursday’s
Miami-Dallas NFL game in a luxury suite at Cowboys Stadium. …
Dallas is at Phoenix on Saturday. Toronto ends a four-game trip
against Anaheim on Sunday.