Gustavsson, Stalberg Shine in Leafs Rookie Tourney Win Over Pittsburgh

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2009

With so much excitement surrounding this season’s Toronto Maple Leafs, fans were chomping at the bit to see a first glance on the blue and white on ice.

And while it was only a rookie tournament game, it’s safe to say the appetite was somewhat whetted by the effort from last nights game in Pittsburgh.

New Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves, a few in spectacular fashion, as the Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Kitchener.

Fans were eager to see what Gustavsson could do, and the Swedish netminder was great against the Penguins, robbing Eric Tangradi once in each period to keep the high scoring Pens forward off the board.

The Maple Leafs were strong in the early stages of the game.  The highly anticipated line of Stalberg-Bozak-Hanson delivered the opening goal of the game, a five-on-three powerplay goal converted by Stalberg, the University of Vermont standout.  The trio of NCAA players were impressive all night long, delivering a few scoring chances, playing a fast skating, physical style.