Toronto Maple Leafs VS Dallas Stars Game Recap

By Chris Ransom

1st Period Recap

Eric Nystrom would score his 6th goal of the year on a wrist shot to start the game.  This would give the Dallas Stars a 1 to 0 lead in the first period.  Joey Crabb would even the game up at 1.  Then defenseman Dion Phaneuf would score his 3rd goal of the year on a Maple Leafs power play giving Toronto a 2 to 1 lead.  Phaneuf executed a slap shot which resulted in a goal for Toronto.

Both defenses did a good job in the first period limiting the opponent to 7 shots on goal in the first period.  Both teams got 7 shots on goal with Toronto leading 2 to 1 after one period.  The first period showed great defensive play, but below average goaltending.

2nd Period Recap

Eric Nystrom scored the first goal of the game for the Dallas Stars four minutes into the first period.  He would do the same thing for the Dallas Stars in the 2nd period.  Both Dallas and Toronto had 8 shots on goal in the second period.  Once again the defense was the story.

3rd Period/Overtime/Shootout Recap

Toronto would take a 3 to 2 goal in the 3rd period before Radek Dvorak scored his 2nd goal of the year on a wrist shot.  Dallas outshot Toronto 14 to 6 in the 3rd period.

The game would go to overtime and neither team would score.  Toronto would outshoot Dallas 2 to 0 in overtime.  Dallas outshot Toronto 29 to 23 heading into the shootout.

The game would go to a shootout.  Neither team would score through the first 2 rounds of the shootout.  Joffery Lupul would score the go ahead goal for the Maple Leafs.  Mike Ribero had a shot on goal in the shootout before Gustavsson made a game winning save in the shootout to give Toronto the win.

I feel like this is a game Dallas should have won.  Give Toronto credit.  The Maple Leafs hung in and got the W despite the fact that Dallas outplayed them on the stat sheet.  The fact that Toronto won is really the only thing that matters.

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