Truculent Leafs Do Burke Proud In Fight Filled Game With Bruins

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2009


The Coke Zero fans first game offered Toronto Maple Leafs fans their first look at the new look Toronto Maple Leafs, a team molded in the image of Brian Burke.

And while the scoreboard didn’t end up in the Leafs' favour, there was plenty to cheer about as night one of the preseason wrapped up.

The Boston Bruins snuck past the Leafs 3-2 on a goal by former Maple Leafs defenseman Andy Wozniewski in what was a rough and rugged affair.

It was a night that was filled with fights and entertaining rushes from a seemingly much improved Toronto Maple Leafs team; rookie Tyler Bozak got the game started with a beautiful shorthanded goal in the first period.

Bozak, one of the most touted college freshmen available this past offseason, improved his chances of making the big club by showing big league speed, and big league hands as he turned Matt Hunwick inside out before depositing the puck top shelf past Dany Sabourin to make it 1-0 Leafs.

The Leafs, after a solid opening 20 minutes, took the foot off the gas pedal a little bit, and it resulted in the Bruins taking a 2-1 lead on goals by Steve Begin and Brad Marchand.

Just under three minutes after Marchand’s go ahead goal, another Leafs rookie, Viktor Stalberg, scored a goal from the side of the net to even the score at two goals a piece.

Stalberg, who was a star all night with his speed and hands, scored a goal from the side of the net that Sabourin would no doubt like to have back.

7:02 seconds into the third period, a familiar face arrived late in the rush to break the deadlock once and for all.


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