Garon saves Kings

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

The star of last night's Los Angeles Kings-Maple Leafs game was not on Wayne Gretzky's list of 81 candidates for Team Canada.

Or anyone else's, for that matter.

But Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon certainly made the Great One, who was in attendance at the Air Canada Centre, sit up and take notice.

On a night when Maple Leafs goaltender Eddie Belfour once again attempted to move alone into second place on the NHL career wins list, it was Garon and his 37-save performance that stole the show.

"I knew what (Belfour) was trying to accomplish and I knew he wasn't going to give us much," Garon said after the Kings' 2-1 victory.

"He is such a great competitor. I understood that I was going to have to play well in order for us to be successful because he was going to be battling at the other end."

The Kings had lost four games in a row entering play last night. And their constant visits to the penalty box did nothing to help their efforts to snap that streak.

But thanks to the efforts of the Kings penalty killers -- notably Garon -- the Leafs could click only once on nine power-play opportunities.

"During that one four-minute power play for Toronto, it felt like 15 minutes," Garon said. "It seemed like there were no whistles. I was getting tired.

"This was a huge win for us. We didn't want to go back all the way to Los Angeles having suffered another loss. It would have been a long flight."


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