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CALGARY – No team in the NHL has shot the puck with greater accuracy this season than the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Were just a very opportunistic team,” said Nazem Kadri, who has scored five times on just 24 shots this fall. “We dont need many chances to score goals.” Despite being outshot for the 12th time in 14 games this season, the Leafs found the means for their third straight win, beating Calgary on the second leg of a three-game swing through Western Canada. Totaling about half the shots of the Flames – 22 to 43 – they managed victory yet again (10-4-0) with continued accuracy, a sturdy penalty kill and more mastery in the crease, on this night a 41-save performance from Jonathan Bernier. In question is whether the Leafs are simply opportunistic with mighty goaltending and terrific special teams or very fortunate considering lingering troubles defensively. “Obviously great goaltending and our special teams have been great winning us games,” said Kadri, after the second end of a back-to-back set, the Leafs winning in Edmonton a night earlier. “Thats only going to get you so far, but when youre not playing your best or maybe if its an off-night coming into a pretty tough building you have to rely on those things to get you through.” Firing at a league-leading 12.7 per cent clip (according to the extraskater.com) the Leafs continue to shoot and score with unlikely precision; four goals on 22 shots (including an empty-netter) in a victory over the Flames following four goals on 26 shots in victory over the Oilers. Unsustainable luck, or strategic accuracy? Also the league leaders in shooting percentage last season, the Leafs tend to believe the latter. “I guess were not a team that just shoots from anywhere like some of these teams,” said Kadri, who had one shot and one assist in 20 minutes against the Flames. “The Pittsburghs and the Chicagos, even Calgary, any opportunity they have theyre just throwing it at the net and then seeing what happens. A lot of times thats not a bad thing. But for us, we wait for our odd-man rushes or if we outman someone in front of the net to get good scoring chances usually were putting them in.” The theory proved true on Wednesday night. Joffrey Lupul out-manned several Flames in front for the games opening goal; James van Riemsdyk broke loose on a shorthanded rush with Jay McClement for second marker; Mason Raymond tallied the eventual winner on the door-step following a David Clarkson takeaway and rebound. Not only are they scoring with precision – the Leafs rank third in offence so far – but yielding a mighty sum of shots against; 40-plus for the second consecutive night and 36 per game this season. But as was the case in Edmonton – a 43-save night from James Reimer – and really all season there was another load-bearing performance in goal; Bernier stopped 41, including 34 of 35 through 40 minutes. The Leafs goalie tandem now boasts a .939 collective save percentage, amongst the best in the league. Whether such effectiveness can continue under the strain of such a mighty nightly barrage is uncertain. Helping the cause additionally against Calgary and throughout the season were game-changing special teams. The Toronto penalty kill stoned the Flames on all five power-play opportunities and sits as the fourth best unit in the league. Silent on this night, the power-play ranks third overall. Lying under the cover of wins are stats which point toward some degree of good fortune. But for the Eastern Conference leading Leafs the numbers in the standings prove satisfying. “We got two points,” said Randy Carlyle after the most recent win. “No matter how you get them theyre still two points in the standings. Im sure theres going to be games throughout the course of this season that wed say we were unlucky that we didnt win and theres going to be more games that were going to say were lucky to win. I think it all evens out in the end. Obviously wed like to play better defensively as every team would.” Five Points 1. Rising Shots Against Wednesday marked the 13th time the Leafs have allowed 30-plus shots and the second straight night of more than 40 against. Only the struggling Senators allow more on a nightly basis. “Well give them perimeter shots,” said Kadri. “We have no problem doing that. Its just boxing out in front. Thats where weve got to make sure were good. And really a lot of shots did come from the outside. Bernier did a great job looking at all of them. There were probably countless point shots tonight which arent terrible to give up.” Still, the 23-year-old conceded to the danger of yielding so many shots and subsequent chances against. “Yeah, there is [danger],” he agreed. “But really it depends whos in front. Thats our job to make sure that our goaltenders can see the puck. Shots from the point with traffic are pretty dangerous; if were giving that up weve got to make sure were good in that blue paint.” 2. Cutting Down Those Shots... As for cutting down the amount of shots opponents have had, Jay McClement pointed to possession. “Its playing with the puck I guess,” said McClement, who won 21 of 28 faceoffs against the Flames. “We get into trouble when we dont possess the puck enough. Part of that is turnovers and part of its just executing when we do have it and not [making] bad passes or bad dumps or what have you. “Were lucky we have two great goalies,” he added. 3. More of the Same Bernier nearly matched the efforts of his teammate from one night earlier. James Reimer stopped all 43 shots in victory over the Oilers on Tuesday. Though he wasnt quite so flawless, the 25-year-old was nonetheless effective in keeping the puck out, most notably during a second frame that saw the Flames fire 20 shots on goal. “That second I was a little tired at the end,” said Bernier afterward. “You cant look past your goaltender,” Carlyle added. “Hes given us a chance no matter who weve put in the net.” Bernier sits tied for seventh with a .933 save percentage, just a little ways behind Reimer, who remains second overall with a sizzling .949 mark. 4. Growth from Calgary Dion Phaneuf first suited up for the Flames on Oct. 5, 2005. He played over 24 minutes in Minnesota that night, a 6-3 loss to the Wild. From the point of his NHL debut to where he stands with the Leafs in the present, Phaneuf says growth has been most poignant defensively. “I think that thats a learning curve that a lot of young [defencemen] have when they come in,” said the 28-year-old before the game. “When you first start at a young age youre usually protected by different matchups and the coaching staff usually puts you out there against the guys that they want to match you up against and as you get older and as you gain more experience youre playing against better players. I feel that Ive grown in my role and the way that I play the game defensively.” 5. Opposing Perspective Former Leaf Matt Stajan played alongside Phil Kessel when he first landed in Toronto in the fall of 2009. He offered the following assessment of Kessel on Wednesday morning, the 26-year-olds four-game goal and point streak coming to an end against the Flames. “I just think hes making good decisions with when to take off in his own end,” said Stajan. “And he obviously has some chemistry with the guys he plays with now; they know exactly what hes thinking and when to get him the puck.” Kessel equaled the best opening month production of his NHL career this October, totaling nine goals and 18 points in 14 games. Back in Oct. 2011, he mightve been even better, compiling 10 goals and 18 points in 11 games. Stat Pack 13 – Times this season the Leafs have allowed 30 shots or more. 21-28 – Mark for Jay McClement in the faceoff circle against Calgary. McClement finished 9-10 opposite rookie Sean Monahan. 22.2 per cent – Team-leading shooting percentage for Dave Bolland, who has scored six goals on 27 shots. 12.7 - Shooting percentage for the Leafs this season, first in the league. 1 – Point for David Clarkson on Wednesday, his first as a Leaf. Clarkson assisted on Mason Raymonds eventual game-winner. 12 – Number of times the Leafs have been outshot this season. 5 – Consecutive games with a point for James van Riemsdyk. He has two goals and seven points in that span. 23:33 – Team-leading ice-time for van Riemsdyk on Wednesday, including 6:17 on the penalty kill. Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-1 PK: 5-5 Quote of the Night “Im sure theres going to be games throughout the course of this season that wed say we were unlucky that we didnt win and theres going to be more games that were going to say were lucky to win. I think it all evens out in the end.” - Randy Carlyle following the victory in Calgary. Up Next The Leafs conclude their three-game swing through western Canada with a Saturday date in Vancouver. Charles Clay Jersey . After two months of mediocrity, perhaps the Washington Nationals have turned the page. Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings Wednesday night and the Nationals kept the Philadelphia Phillies bats quiet yet again in an 8-4, rain-interrupted win. Zay Jones Jersey . LeBron James leads the Miami Heat in a quest for three consecutive championship titles, while Tim Duncan looks to add his fifth ring with the San Antonio Spurs when the series tips off with Game 1: Miami @ San Antonio on Thursday, June 5 at 9 p. http://www.shoptheofficialbills.com/Eli ... ls-Jersey/. According to TSN Edmonton reporter Ryan Rishaug, agent Rick Valette met with Oilers senior VP of hockey operations Scott Howson and general manager Craig MacTavish on Monday to kick off the talks. Andre Holmes Jersey . In a matter of days, he went from unwanted to wanted, from fired to hired, from discarded by the Philadelphia Eagles with reputation tarnished to rock star treatment and a new fat contract from the Washington Redskins. Patrick DiMarco Jersey . Raonic, the No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., fired 11 aces and did not have a double-fault as he comfortably advanced to the third round at the Masters Series event.When the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars stars last met, the attention shifted from hockey to a decidedly more serious subject in a matter of seconds. On Wednesday, the two teams will get together in Dallas to play the game that was postponed due to a scary incident involving Stars forward Rich Peverley. The initial matchup on March 10 was stopped with 6:23 played in the opening period after Peverley collapsed on the Dallas bench and suffered what was later called a cardiac episode. Peverley spent a few days in the hospital and eventually underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, but he wont play again this season. Columbus was ahead 1-0 at the time of Peverleys collapse, and although tonights game will be a full 60-minute contest, the Blue Jackets will keep that lead. Although the Blue Jackets and Stars play in different conferences, Wednesdays game is big for both teams. In fact, Columbus can clinch a playoff spot for only the second time in franchise history with a win tonight. The Blue Jackets currently hold the last of two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. With 89 points, Columbus is four ahead of Washington and five in front on New Jersey with three games left for all three teams. The Capitals and Devils are idle on Wednesday. Columbus also is one point behind the Detroit Red Wings for the Easts first wild card berth. The Red Wings also have three games remaining and play in Pittsburgh tonight. The Blue Jackets only trip to the postseason came in 2009 when they were swept out of the first round by Detroit. The Stars cant clinch on Wednesday, but they can move four points ahead of Phoenix for the last wild card spot in the West. Dallas has 89 points to give the club two more than the Coyotes, who are idle tonight. Both clubs have three games left and will face each other on the final day of the regular season, as they are set to meet Sunday in Phoenix. The Blue Jackets have won two straight and three of their last four games and are coming off Tuesdays overtime win against the visiting Coyotes. Ryan Johansens goal 3:33 into ovvertime lifted Columbus to the 4-3 win over Phoenix.dddddddddddd Johansen handled a loose puck near center ice, skated in along the left side and fired a wrist shot that beat Thomas Greiss top-shelf on his glove side. "(Johansens) been a monster for us all year, scoring some big goals," said Columbus Blake Comeau."He thrives in those moments. He wants to be a No. 1 center like he has been for us all year. Youve got to step up and be that guy in key moments, and hes done that this year." Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the win and is expected to start again tonight. Tuesdays tilt was the final home game of the regular season for Columbus, which will visit Dallas, Tampa Bay and Florida to wrap up its schedule. The Blue Jackets are 19-16-3 as the road team this season. The Stars picked up their second victory in three games and also won for the fifth time in seven outings with Tuesdays shootout win over visiting Nashville. Tyler Seguin scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout as the Stars inched closer to a playoff spot with the 3-2 win at American Airlines Center. "We just focused on what we could do," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "The schedule is demanding and it gets a little bit worse tomorrow. Im a little concerned that our energy was good early and the energy began just slipping away." Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski scored in regulation for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots. Dallas is 22-10-7 as the host this season and is playing the second part of a three-game homestand on Wednesday. The Stars will welcome St. Louis on Friday before Sundays meeting with the Coyotes. Columbus has won two straight and three of the last four meetings in this series overall and has taken two straight in Big D. Lehtonen could get the call again in net for Dallas. He is 5-5-1 with a 1.91 goals against average and .936 save percentage in his career against Columbus. Bobrovsky is 5-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .937 save percentage in six lifetime meetings with the Stars. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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