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Tonight, on Remembrance day, the Leafs host Montreal in the annual Hall-of-Fame game in Toronto (7:00PM ET). It will mark the 1st time that Toronto has had 2 Fench Canadian goalies dress for a game since the 1996/1997 season, when then Goaltender Felix Potvin was backed-up by Cousineau.

The Leafs' last game against the Bruins saw starting goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who was showing sings of a return to his Calder-winning Rookie form 3 years ago, go down to a groin injury against his former team. The Goalie is now expected to miss a week and return in time to join the Leafs in their next visit to Boston next week Thursday.

Toronto won the game 6-4, as the Bruins almost tied the game and possibly had a missed call go by, before Nik Atropov scored his 2nd goal of the game on an empty net with 11 seconds remaining to give the Leafs their 6th victory in 7 tries.

Antropov had 3 points i nthe game (2G, 1A) for 4 in his last 2 games played, and Alexei Ponikarovsky also had 3 points on the night (1G, 2A) for 5 in his last 2, as the two joined Kyle Wellwood in forming a top to replace injured Captain Mats Sundin with. Sundin is out with an elbow injury for 3-4 weeks.

Darcy Tucker, Michael Peca, and Chad Kilger scored the other Leaf goals. Raycroft made 28 saves on 30 shots before having to leave the game in place of J.S. Aubin, who allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.

To his credit, he made some big saves to keep them in the game, however, Aubin has mostly been below average in net thus far, and Toronto will hope to get a better performance out of him tonight.

Aubin currently has a 4.10 Goals against Average, and a .857 Save Percentage.

Darcy Tucker continues to lead the team in goals, with 11 in 18 games played.


In Montreal, Goalie talk is the norm these days... as always. The two Hab netminders both continue to try and downplay the situation, but the media in Montreal just doesn't want to let up:

Related Topic: http://www.hockeyforum.com/montreal-canadiens/3670-no-goalie-controversy-montreal-new-post.html

14 games in, Cristobal Huet and David Aebischer are still battling for the starting role for the Canadiens, as both have been solid when given the chance so far. Huet, having originally being given the role before the season began, got off to a slow start, but recovered. However, not before Aebischer showed Montreal some good goaltending, inlcuding stopping 47 of 51 shots 2 weeks ago, when the Leafs and Habs last met in a 5-4 Shootout loss, and stealing a point in the process.

Through 7 games a piece, their numbers remain comparable:

Aebischer currently posts as 2.49 Goals Against Average, and a high .925 Save Percentage.

Huet has a lower 2.39 Goals Against Average, and a solid .919 Save Percentage

Head Coach Guy Carbonneau, has opted to play David Aebischer tonight, and goaltender Cristobal Huet is expected to start on Monday in Ottawa.

With Christopher Higgins going down to injury, Captain Saku Koivu now leads the team with 13 point in 14 games played.

Montreal is 8-3-3 through 14 games played, for 5th in the East and 3rd in their Division. The currently trail the Leafs by 4 Points, but having 4 games in hand.

Maple Leafs defenceman Pavel Kubina is still in the Czech Republic with his family and is marked out of tonight's game. He is expected to skate with the Leafs on Tuesday.

Toronto is 10-5-3 through 18 games played, and trail Division and Conference leading Buffalo (who plays tonight) by 4 Points. The Sabres however, have 3 games in hand.
 

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Great game by Toronto. It helps that Montreal got into penalty problems.

Tomas Kaberle... wow. Either Paul Maurice told him to shoot the puck and he's doing so, or that's not Tomas out there. :dunno:

The last few weeks he's been (dare I say it) great. I've been pretty miffed at him for years, but if he can continue to play the way he has, and give Toronto yet another threat from the blueline besides McCabe and White (And Kubina and Colaiacovo haven't returned yet), this team will continue to be tough to read.

Overall, they're still working hard, and we're nearly a 1/4 of the way into the season.

Welly finally got going again, with 3 assists, and Nik Antropov is currently looking like Mr. Jekyll. Let's hope there's not going to be a Mr. Hyde again.

That's 11-5-3 now, and still trailing the Sabres by 4. They gotta' be peaking over their shoulders now, despite the 3 games in hand.

And how about Matt Stajan? He's already half way to a career year, and only 1/4 of the games in.
 
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