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Maple Leafs snap eight-game losing skid

Associated Press / November 17, 2010

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Kris Versteeg scored second-period power-play goals 59 seconds apart and the Maple Leafs overcome an early three-goal deficit in a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators last night at Toronto.

Nikolai Kulemin’s goal late in the second period completed a big comeback as Toronto scored four power-play goals in the second period.

The Leafs lost starting goaltender J.S. Giguere to an apparent injury early in the third period.

However, they managed to hold on for their first win since Oct. 26 with backup Jonas Gustavsson making six saves.

Toronto had dropped eight straight entering the game. Overall, it had gone 1-8-3 since opening the season with four straight victories.

Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for the Maple Leafs, who went 4 for 8 on the power play.

It was unclear what knocked Giguere out of the Toronto goal. He had made a nice cross-crease save on Cal O’Reilly just before giving way to Gustavsson with 13:10 left in regulation.

Canadiens 3, Flyers 0 — Carey Price made 41 saves for his third shutout, Brian Gionta had a goal and two assists, and host Montreal extended its winning streak to four.

Price stopped 13 shots in the first and 20 more in the second on his way to his seventh career shutout, his second in four games. He stopped 34 shots one week earlier in a 2-0 win over Vancouver, which began Montreal’s current streak.

Gionta assisted on Michael Cammalleri’s goal during a two-man advantage in the first period. The Canadiens captain got his second assist on Tomas Plekanec’s goal 13:48 into the second.

Gionta scored for the third game in a row when he added Montreal’s second power-play goal 6:24 into the third.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for Philadelphia, which lost in regulation for the first time in three weeks. The Flyers, who beat Ottawa, 5-1, Monday, went 9-0-1 since a 2-1 loss in Columbus Oct. 25.

It was the first meeting of the two Eastern Conference finalists since Philadelphia’s series win last spring.

Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov was out of the lineup because of a right knee injury he suffered late in Saturday night’s 7-2 win over Carolina after colliding with Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.

Stars 2, Ducks 1 — Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal after a video review midway through the third period for Dallas, which won its fourth straight at home.

With the game tied at 1-1, Richards’s shot from the left circle glanced off the post, and the referees initially ruled no goal at 8:24 of the final period.

But replays showed that the puck crossed the goal line in the air and Richards was credited with his 200th NHL goal.

The game marked the debut of Swedish referee Marcus Vinnerborg, who became the first European to work an NHL game. Vinnerborg made the announcement that the goal counted.

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