front, allowing Vrbata to sweep it home for his 13th goal. from miao1234's blog

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are giving Brian Burke plenty to think about ahead of the NHL trade deadline. . Patrick Marleau scored twice Thursday as the San Jose Sharks edged Toronto 2-1, sending the stumbling Leafs to their seventh loss in eight games and knocking them out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference. "We need a win somehow," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson. Burke put the players on alert when he told a Toronto radio station Wednesday that he was in the market for a goaltender ahead of Mondays trade deadline. Judging by the teams play of late, he probably wont stop there. The biggest concern against San Jose was the lack of urgency the Leafs showed over the opening 40 minutes. A fantastic third period wasnt enough to make up for the slow start. "Points are extremely important right now and every game is a big game for us," said Leafs forward Tim Connolly. "Weve got to play that way for a full 60 minutes." With the goaltending under fire, James Reimer made arguably the most important start of his young NHL career. He did his part with 24 saves but saw his record fall to 11-9-4 on the season. Marleau was the only player to beat him with a pair of second-period goals that lifted the Sharks (32-20-7) to their first win in five games. "Im quite proud and pleased of the way the guys responded," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "We had a hell of a game on our hands. Theyre a very fast team but we did some of the things we wanted to." Jake Gardiner replied for the Maple Leafs (29-25-7), who fell to 1-6-1 since Feb. 7. Toronto dropped to ninth place in the Eastern Conference with Winnipegs victory over Tampa Bay. That will only add a bit more pressure on a franchise trying to end its playoff drought at eight years. "Its fun to play right now," said Leafs centre Tyler Bozak. "Were in a race, were battling for a playoff spot. These are the games every guy in here wants to play in here, but weve got to do a better job." The teams took some time to feel their way into the game, producing a tepid opening 20 minutes. But Marleau put the Sharks ahead early in the second period by quickly firing a Joe Thornton pass over Reimers shoulder just 32 seconds in. That put Toronto back on its heels and allowed San Jose to gain some momentum. "Its been stressed the last couple days and just to get that first goal is huge," said Sharks forward Joe Thornton. "We kind of grabbed some confidence off that." Marleau scored his 25th of the season -- and second of the night -- just 17 seconds after Luke Schenn was penalized for interference. The forward stood at the top of the crease and tipped a Logan Couture shot past Reimer at 10:43. There was an uneasy feeling in the Air Canada Centre as the horn sounded on the second period with San Jose ahead 2-0. A smattering of boos could be heard in the otherwise silent arena. It changed quickly following the intermission as the Leafs came out firing. Gardiner narrowed the deficit to 2-1 at 3:53 by firing a shot through traffic that eluded Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. The fourth goal of the season for the rookie defenceman couldnt have come at a much better time. Toronto kept on pushing and saw two good chances from Matthew Lombardi turned away. Niemi was out at the top of his crease to deny the second one from the slot. That was as close as the Leafs would get. "We threw everything but the kitchen sink at the San Jose Sharks and Niemi," said Reimer. "I thought we worked hard and we deserved to score another goal or two at the end." Burke will only get one more opportunity to watch his team before the trade deadline. The Leafs face Washington on Saturday before wrapping up a four-game homestand against Florida on Tuesday. Both of those teams are among those theyre battling for playoff position. "We need to win those games," said Wilson. "We have to understand that as a group in there, that youve got to be ready to give whatever youve got left in the tank to win those hockey games." Notes: San Jose wasnt assessed a penalty. ... Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek was scratched for the ninth time in 11 games. ... Recently acquired San Jose forward Dominic Moore sat out with a lower-body injury. ... Former Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. is now director of pro scouting for the Sharks. ... Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors took in the game. ... Announced attendance was 19,493. . Hours after Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her ownership of the franchise even if her estranged husband cant, the league said that wouldnt be possible. . - Maybe putting all the focus on defence during practice after allowing 100 points for three straight games was just what Detroit needed to get its offence going.Vancouver, BC ( - Chris Tanev celebrated his 25th birthday with the game-winning goal just 18 seconds into overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday at Rogers Arena. The Flames, who battled back from a 2-0 deficit that included an own goal, had the first shot of the extra period. It went wide and the Canucks raced the other way. Henrik Sedin carried the puck into the Calgary zone along the left wing and sent a pass back to a trailing Tanev, who snapped a shot from the slot past Jonas Hiller for his second goal of the season. Radim Vrbata scored and Yannick Weber was credited with a goal for Vancouver when the Flames shot the puck into their own empty net on a delayed penalty. Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Canucks, who snapped a five-game skid. Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period, but was apparently better in the locker room. He did not return for precautionary reasons. Shortly after taking a hit from Calgarys Dennis Wideman, Hansen skated to the Vancouver bench and remained hunched over. He appeared to go limp as his teammates helped and quickly banged their sticks on the boards for the officials to stop play. Medical personnel rushed to Hansens aid and helped him into the locker room. David Jones and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary, which finally picked up a point after losing seven straight in regulation. The Flames so desperately wanted at least one point, they held the puck in their own zone for the final 10 seconds of regulation rather than attack the Vancouver end. Hiller finished with 30 saves in defeat, but wasnt even on the ice for the first Vancouver goal. Moments after the referees arm went up for a Canucks penalty, Hiller left the net for an extra skater and Calgary controlled the puck behind the Vancouver cage. Wideman sent a pass back toward the right point, but the puck caromed off the boards and slid all the way into the vacated cage. Weber was credited with the fluky goal, but the Canucks scored a legitimate goal just under five minutes later on a power play. Alexandre Burrows was whacking away at the puck at the right side of the crease and it popped loose in front, allowing Vrbata to sweep it home for his 13th goal. Calgary pulled within one with 7:31 left in the second period. Miller failed to control a couple of rebounds as the Flames buzzed around the offensive zone. A Kris Russell shot from the left circle went in and out of Millers glove and Jones was there to knock in the rebound for his sixth goal. The Flames had a goal waved off late in the second when it was ruled that Joe Colbornes shot from in close went in after the net was dislodged, but tied it just over seven minutes into the third when Gaudreau snapped a shot from the inside edge of the right circle through Millers pads for his seventh goal. Calgary nearly took the lead a few minutes later while short-handed when Lance Bouma raced in on a breakaway, but was denied by Miller. Game Notes Tanev has two career overtime winners ... The Canucks ended an 0-for-19 slump on the power play with their man-advantage goal in the first period. They finished 1-for-4 with the extra skater ... The Flames were 0-for-3 on the power play ... Vancouver has won both meetings this season, also taking a 4-2 decision on Oct. 8 in Calgary ... The Canucks improved to 12-0-1 when leading after two periods. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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