Originally posted on Lord Stanley's Blog  |  Last updated 12/13/11
TORONTO — The Canes and Leafs are scoreless after the first period at Air Canada Centre as neither team could sustain much offensive pressure. Canes goalie Cam Ward has gotten a lot more work than the Leafs' James Reimer, facing 26 shots to Reimer's 12 after two. The Canes have had two power plays, one in each period, and the Leafs one. The Canes went on the power play just 27 seconds into the game after Cody Franson flipped the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty. Pat Dwyer had one offensive chance but Reimer stopped Dwyer's shot at the shortside post. Ward faced his first big test four minutes into the game. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul had a two-on-one rush, but Ward stopped Kessel's shot from the right circle. The Leafs' first-period power play came after Tuomo Ruutu was called for tripping. Ward had to make a nice pad save on a shot from Mikhail Grabovski as the Canes killed it off. Seven minutes into the second, Jamie McBain blocked a shot by Kessel and Ward then ...
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