Maple Leafs bust out in third to beat Canucks

Maple Leafs defenceman Tim Gleason loses his footing in front of Toronto's goal on Saturday night...

Maple Leafs defenceman Tim Gleason loses his footing in front of Toronto's goal on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks at the Air Canada Centre. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

TORONTO - The Sochi-bound Maple Leafs are set for the Olympic stage, but Randy Carlyle hopes his whole team will remember how well it played before the 18-day break.

There could be no better send off for the three Leafs going to Russia or the 20-something scattering to various warm destinations, than Saturdayís 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. It was the seventh straight home win for the Leafs, five in the past six overall, and another example of not veering from the game plan when offensive execution was not paying off in goals.

American countrymen, Leaf linemates and Sochi roommates Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk had huge goals after the third line generated the all-important first strike in the third period. Earning the assist on Mason Raymondís goal was new centre Nikolai Kulemin, who will be playing for the home country in Sochi.


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