Shutout not a big deal for Toskala

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

A collective groan emanated from the Air Canada Centre crowd last night when Maple Leafs tough guy Jay Rosehill was given an extra roughing minor after doing the prairie two-step with Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

The additional minor came with Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala less than two minutes away from recording his first shutout of the season. But the Finn prevailed, recording his first shutout since Oct.17, 2008, when he blanked the Rangers at Madison Square Gardens.

That game was memorable for a couple of reasons. Toskala was awarded the shutout, despite the fact that the Leafs lost the game, 1-0 in a shootout. Toskala made 32 saves and became the first Toronto goaltender to blank the Rangers in New York since Johnny Bower on Jan.10, 1965.

Toskala made a couple of brilliant save, last night, including stoning Simon Gagne twice in the second period from in front of the net. As far as facing a Philadelphia power play in the final seconds, Toskala said he didn't give it a second thought.

"It was a four-goal lead and I honestly I don't think about those shutouts," he said.


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