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Kulemin nets pair in Leafs' win over Stars

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 6:48 pm

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Nikolai Kulemin would love to play the Dallas Stars on a regular basis. It's just too bad the Leafs and Stars compete in difference conferences.

The winger led Toronto with two goals, powering the Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Stars Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

It was a continuation of some nice production against the Stars for Kulemin, who also scored twice the last time Toronto faced Dallas in 2009.

Kulemin now has seven goals on the season and has registered at least one point in three of his last four games.

Tyler Bozak and Kris Versteeg scored Toronto's other goals while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves.

The victory also gave the Leafs their third straight win at home.

The Leafs got on the board midway through the opening period following a careless turnover by Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas.

Stationed in front of Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, Kulemin tipped in a shot that was originally guided through by a Mikhail Grabovski deflection.

The scoring quieted through most of the second period before the teams combined for three goals in a 3:01 span.

Kulemin put the Leafs in front 2-0 at 14:05, snapping his own rebound over the right glove Lehtonen.

After Brad Richards cut Toronto's lead in half 1:26 later, Bozak restored the Leafs' two-goal advantage with less than three minutes remaining in the second, taking a nice cross-ice pass from rookie Nazem Kadri before sailing a shot behind Lehtonen.

The Stars began to press Toronto in the third, but Gustavsson stopped all seven shots he faced in the period. Versteeg then iced the contest with an empty-net goal.

CBC News

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