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The following is a list of game summaries featured on the main page of this wiki for the month of November 2008. The summaries feature a brief summary of the game in question, as well as a link to a more detailed statistical summary from an official source.


November 1, 2008
New York Rangers 2 - Toronto Maple Leafs 5

John Mitchell scored scored the first two goals of his NHL career, and added an assist, as the Leafs came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 5-2 on November 1, 2008. Dominic Moore and Jason Blake added a goal and an assist each in the victory. Vesa Toskala was relatively untested throughout the game, but did make 18 saves in the victory, including key saves on the Rangers' power play, which went 0 for 2.

November 2, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - Carolina Hurricanes 6

After a late second period flurry of goals, where they scored 3 goals in little over three minutes, the Carolina Hurricanes came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on November 2, 2008. The Leafs, accustomed to overcoming deficits in the third period of late, were unable to mount a successful comeback, despite a two goal performance from Mikhail Grabovski, as well as two point performances from both Niklas Hagman and [[Nikolai Kulemin. Ian White also scored his first goal of the season, in his first game of the year. It was also his first game at right wing, opposed to his natural defence. Backup goaltender Curtis Joseph made 24 saves in the loss.

November 4, 2008
Carolina Hurricanes 5 - Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (OT)

After a tough first period, where they allowed 4 goals on 14 shots, the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to come back twice from three goal deficits to even the score, only to lose to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime on November 4, 2008. Niclas Wallin scored the overtime winner for the Hurricanes on a shot from the point that eluded Vesa Toskala. The Leaf line of Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman, and Nikolai Kulemin was strong for the Leafs on this night, as Grabovski scored two goals and added one assist, while Hagman and Kulemin each added two points in the loss. The Maple Leafs outshot the Hurricanes 27-10 in the final 2 periods and overtime of the game, and outshot the Hurricanes 42-24 in total despite the loss. Toskala made 19 saves in the loss.

November 6, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - Boston Bruins 5

Just hours after changing his jersey number, Blake Wheeler scored his first career hat trick as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on November 6, 2008. The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first two periods, and the Maple Leafs were unable to mount a comeback despite goals from Alex Steen and Mikhail Grabovski. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made 34 saves in the victory, as the Maple Leafs once again outshot an opponent but failed to win the hockey game. Vesa Toskala made 30 saves in the loss, the Leafs' third straight.

November 8, 2008
Montreal Canadiens 3 - Toronto Maple Leafs 6

The line of Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin continued to be a bright spot for the Maple Leafs, as the line combined for five points in the Maple Leafs' 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on November 8, 2008. Former Canadien Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist in his second game against his former team, while Hagman added two power play goals in the victory. Grabovski was the focus of constant abuse from the Canadiens, including a charge from Sergei Kostitsyn, which earned the Montreal player a ten-minute misconduct penalty. The game was marred by an injury suffered by Mike Van Ryn, who was hit into the end boards by Tom Kostopoulos and was forced to leave the game. Van Ryn suffered a concussion and a broken nose and pinky finger, and is expected to miss action for at least a month. Goaltender Vesa Toskala made 17 saves in the victory, as the Maple Leafs again badly outshot their opponent, out-shooting the Canadiens 41-20.

November 11, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - Calgary Flames 4

Despite a pair of late third period goals from Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan, the Maple Leafs were unable to come back from a 4-1 deficit, losing 4-3 to the Calgary Flames on November 11, 2008. Flames forward Dustin Boyd scored twice in the victory, while Flames superstar and captain Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist. Stajan had two points in the loss. The Leafs' struggling power play was unable to capitalize on enough opportunities given by the Flames to even the score, as the power play scored only once on four opportunities. Vesa Toskala made 28 saves in the loss.

November 13, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 5 - Edmonton Oilers 2

Powered by strong performances from Tomas Kaberle and Matt Stajan, who each had three point nights respectively, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on November 13, 2008. Kaberle, Nikolai Kulemin, Nik Antropov, Ian White and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Leafs on this night, while strong play from Stajan (3 assists) and a returning Jason Blake (2 assists) helped the Leafs to victory. Blake was looking to rebound after being a healthy scratch in the previous game against Calgary. The victory moved the Leafs above the .500 plateau, with a record of 7-6-4. This victory was only the second for the Leafs in their past 6 games. Vesa Toskala was stellar in goal, making 23 saves out of 25 shots, as the Leafs once again outshot an opponent, outshooting the Oilers 28-25.

November 15, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - Vancouver Canucks 4

Playing in his first game against his old team, former Maple Leaf Kyle Wellwood scored the first goal of the night, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on November 15, 2008. Despite late third period goals from Ian White and Matt Stajan, the Leafs were unable to overcome the Canucks' sizable lead, and were unable to break through Roberto Luongo's stellar goaltending. Pavol Demitra returned for the Canucks after being sidelined with a rib injury, and contributed three assists to the victory. The game was a spirited match, as three fighting majors each were handed out to the two teams. Vesa Toskala struggled on the night, as he allowed four goals on nine shots and was replaced by backup Curtis Joseph halfway through the second period. The Leafs once again outshot an opponent, badly outshooting the Canucks 30-15. In the end, Luongo was the difference, stopping all but two shots, and maintaining a shutout bid for a large majority of the game.

November 17, 2008
Boston Bruins 3 - Toronto Maple Leafs 2

Continuing his strong recent play, goaltender Tim Thomas stifled the Maple Leafs' comeback chances, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on November 17, 2008. After falling behind to a 2-1 deficit, the Maple Leafs pressed for the tying goal, only to be met in kind by a power play marker from Michael Ryder, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead. The Maple Leafs were unable to mount any successful response, despite a goal from leading goal scorer Mikhail Grabovski. Vesa Toskala continued his string of uneven performances, as he suffered through a difficult first period which saw him beaten cleanly through the legs by a relatively tame Phil Kessel shot, as well as beaten by rookie Matt Hunwick off a sloppy rebound. The latter goal was the first of Hunwick's NHL career. The Leafs continue to put pressure on opponents' defence and goaltending, as the team once again outshot an opponent, this time by a margin of 30-22 against the Bruins. The Leafs were given opportunities to even the score, but failed to capitalize on them. The Leafs were unable to score on any of the six man advantages given to them on the night, despite taking eleven shots while on the power play in the game.

November 22, 2008
Chicago Blackhawks 5 - Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (OT)

On a night to honor former Maple Leaf Wendel Clark, the Leafs were unable to translate the ceremony into any sense of momentum, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on November 22, 2008. The Leafs showed signs of brilliance at the beginning of the game, quickly jumping out to a 3-0 lead against Chicago. The Leafs even maintained a lead going into the third period, but were unable to hold of Chicago's potent attack. Third period goals from Patrick Kane and Ben Eager tied the game for the Blackhawks and sent the game into overtime. In overtime, Chicago controlled the play, until Dave Bolland took a pass from defenceman Duncan Keith and scored past Vesa Toskala to give the Blackhawks the overtime victory. Matt Stajan and Alexei Ponikarovsky each had a goal and an assist in the loss. Stajan now has 19 points in 19 games, and is only 20 off of his career high. His total may have been even higher on the night, but he was stopped on a penalty shot in the first period by Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Toskala stopped 31 of 36 shots on the night, as his goals against average and save percentage statistics continue to suffer from uneven Maple Leaf play. The loss marks the sixth time in the past 20 games that the Leafs have lost a game after leading going into the third period.

November 25, 2008
Atlanta Thrashers 6 - Toronto Maple Leafs 3

With rampant rumours surrounding the team's next general manager, the Maple Leafs suffered from poor execution and inconsistent defensive play as they lost to the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 on November 25, 2008. The Thrashers entered the game as last place in the Eastern Conference, but were able to build off of strong play from Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored a goal and engaged in a rare fight, and Todd White, who scored two goals on the night. The Maple Leafs appeared listless throughout the night, and were unable to maintain any sense of momentum during the game. Lee Stempniak earned an assist in his first game as a Maple Leaf on a goal by Nik Antropov, and had a number of chances throughout the game. Jeff Finger and Niklas Hagman scored the other Maple Leaf goals. Goaltending issues continue to plague the Maple Leafs, as backup goaltender Curtis Joseph struggled throughout the night, in part due to the poor defensive work in front of him. Joseph allowed 6 goals on 30 shots, and was thoroughly outplayed by Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg, who allowed only 3 goals on 35 shots. The game was a physical affair throughout, as there were two fights in the game, as well as a number of big hits. One such hit came from Thrashers Colby Armstrong, who leveled Jason Blake with a hit, causing Blake to hit his head on the ice. Armstrong earned a roughing penalty for the hit, which Maple Leaf management called a hit to the head. Blake suffered a possible concussion and his status is unknown.

November 27, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - Ottawa Senators 2 (SO)

Despite a spectacular effort from Vesa Toskala, the Maple Leafs were stymied by their opponent's goaltender, losing to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout on November 27, 2008. Senators goaltender Alex Auld stopped 25 of 26 shots in the victory, as the Maple Leafs were never able to mount a successful offensive attack against the Senators defensive core. Toskala, who fought off numerous Senator scoring chances on his way to a 34 save game, maintained any chance of victory the Leafs may had through three periods and one overtime period, but was unable to stop Jason Spezza or Daniel Alfredsson on the shootout. Auld did not allow a single goal on the shootout, and sealed the victory for the Senators. Nikolai Kulemin scored the lone regulation goal for the Maple Leafs, while Mike Fisher scored the only goal for the Senators, in his first game back from injury. The Maple Leafs had numerous chances to break the 1-1 deadlock throughout the game, especially on power play advantages. However, the Maple Leafs were unable to score on any man advantages on the night, going 0-7 on the power play. Jason Blake did not play due to a concussion suffered in the previous game, and Andre Deveaux made his NHL debut in Blake's place after being recalled from the AHL.

November 29, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers 2 - Toronto Maple Leafs 4

In Brian Burke's first night as general manager, the Toronto Maple Leafs turned in their most complete performance in recent memory, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on November 29, 2008. Vesa Toskala shined for the Maple Leafs, stopping 28 of 30 Flyers shots in the victory. The Maple Leafs provided one of their most stellar defensive performances in front of Toskala, limiting the potent Flyers' offense to a pair of goals from captain Mike Richards. Coming into tonight's action, Flyers' forward Jeff Carter was the league leader in goal scoring. The Leafs' defensive strategy kept Carter off the scoresheet, and prevented the Flyers from mounting a successful comeback. Lee Stempniak scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf, while Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and Pavel Kubina added the other Leaf goals. The Leafs also showed a committed effort to physical and strong play, highlighted by two fighting majors involving Andre Deveaux and Jamal Mayers on the Leafs' side. The victory was the Maple Leafs' first in the past six games, and it came against a Flyers team that had not lost in regulation in three weeks.

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