Maple Leafs 6, Oilers 4
The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing everything they can to stay
out of the NHL basement.
Toronto linemates Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel
combined for eight points in the Maple Leafs’ third straight
victory, 6-4 over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night in a
meeting of last-place teams.
Kessel had two goals and an assist, Bozak finished with a goal
and two assists, and Kulemin had a goal and an assist. Jamie
Lundmark and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto, last in the
Eastern Conference with 58 points.
“We’re fighting hard to get points,” Bozak said. “We’re on a
little roll here. I hope that we can keep that going.”
Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule, Dustin Penner and Aaron Johnson
scored for the Oilers, last overall in the NHL with 49 points.
“It was the first time in a long time we played a team below us
in the standings,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “It was a test
for our young guys.”
After Cogliano cut it to 2-1 early in the second period,
Mitchell, Kessel and Grabovski scored in a 1:26 span – the last two
coming on a power play that hadn’t struck since before the
“It’s not the result we wanted,” Oilers goalie Jeff
Deslauriers said. “Every time you go out there, you’re always
trying to win the game.”
A fairly lifeless game perked up during a scrum around
Deslauriers midway through the second period. The frustrated goalie
hit tough guy Colton Orr with a couple punches before trading a few
more with Dion Phaneuf.
“I didn’t really know what he was doing,” Phaneuf said.
Oilers coach Pat Quinn was upset at his own team because no one
other than Deslauriers ended up throwing any punches.
“Your goaltender shouldn’t have to protect his area,” Quinn
Phaneuf found himself back in the Oilers bad book after taking
the feet out from under Ryan Potulny in the third period, getting
tackled by Theo Peckham shortly after.
Edmonton continued its parade to the penalty box as the period
wore on and Kessel scored the Leafs’ third power-play goal at
It was another long night for Quinn, who was behind the bench
for an NHL game at Air Canada Centre for the first time since being
fired by the Leafs after the 2006 season. He was featured in a
small tribute video during the first period that ended with the
saying: “Welcome back, Pat.”
NOTES: A group of Olympic gold-medal winners were honored before
the game … Garnet Exelby and Fredrik Sjostrom were scratched
again for the Leafs … Ladislav Smid, Patrick O’Sullivan, Ryan
Jones and Fernando Pisani sat out for Edmonton.