Well, the Leafs may be up and down these days, but at least they’re finally winning some games. Fresh off a 7-2 pounding in Boston Saturday, Toronto used a five-goal second period flurry to easily beat Nik Antropov and the Thrashers at the ACC tonight, 5-2.
Goals by Lee Stempniak, Matty Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski gave the Leafs a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the second and a pair of Alexei Ponikarovsky goals 28 seconds apart late put it out of reach. Toronto out-shot Atlanta 12-6 in the period and 28-24 in the game.
Vesa Toskala was back between the pipes, making his first appearance since getting banged up Nov. 23, and actually strung together a pretty, pretty, pretty good game. The former San Jose backup superstar pitched a shutout until a Bryan Little power play goal early in the third and Marty Reasoner goal less than a minute later, but made a handful of nice saves earlier to keep it scoreless.
This one was pretty much the opposite of Saturday’s loss to the Bruins, though I’m not complaining about being on the good side for a change. It also helps to get that ACC monkey off the Leafs’ back, especially with six of the next eight at home. The Islanders are in next for a date on Wednesday night.