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Anyone that missed this game missed one of the more exciting games of the season as well as a national coming out party for one of the game's great young talents. Jordan Staal
scored a hat-trick, including the OT winner, and showed that the Calder race is probably being run between Penguin teammates.
The bright side of the game was that the Leafs managed to get a point from a game in which they were trailing 3-0 at the halfway mark. I am sure some of the fairer-weather fans had packed it in at that point but the Leafs stuck to their game plan of dumping it in and using their size to get their cycle going. The Soviet Bloc
got the comeback rolling as Antropov
scored the opener on a nice feed from Ponikarovsky
from the side of the net. Mats
knocked in a loose puck after some good forechecking resulted in a good scoring chance for Antro. Fleury
made the initial save but it trickled behind him and was slipped in by Sundin
The newly formed Redemption Line
chipped in with two goals as they constantly harried and hassled the Penguins defence into a number of turnovers and used their size and strength to match the top line's ability to control the puck in the offensive zone.
At the end of the day, the Leafs picked up a valuable point, regulation losses should be viewed as anathema, from a game in which it would have been easy for them to pack it in. It could have been two points if Bryan McCabe
didn't break rule # 1 of defence - don't flop on your stomach within 6 feet of the net - but you can't teach an old dog new tricks.