Toskala Stymies Nashville, Toronto Win 3-1

Goalie stops 34 shots, gives Leafs first 3-game win streak of season
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 1:24 AM CST
Nashville Predators' Greg de Vries tries to control the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs' Darcy Tucker ties him up along the boards during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Tuesday Dec.4, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Maple Leafs enforcer Wade Belak drew a standing ovation from the 19,400 fans at the Air Canada Centre after scoring his first goal in 143 games during Toronto’s 3-1 win over Nashville. But the real star of the night was Toronto net minder Vesa Toskala, who had 34 saves as the Predators outshot the Leafs 35-15, reports the Globe and Mail.

Nashville captain Jason Arnott had 12 shots on Toskala himself but was repeatedly denied by the Finnish goalie. Defenseman Shea Weber was the only Predator who managed to slip one past him. The victory gives Toronto their first three-game winning streak of the season, and the first since last January-February. Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan had the other two Toronto goals.