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TORONTO – It took whole pile of stops for the Maple Leafs to withstand an all-out Blackhawks rally and win their third in a row. Tom Kennedy Jersey . Forty-five saves in all for James Reimer on a Saturday night in Toronto, including each and every one of the 26 peppered on goal during Chicago’s furious third period push – a tilted 20 minutes that saw the Leafs held to just seven shots and none in the final seven minutes. “He was first star, simple as that,” head coach, Randy Carlyle, said of the 26-year-old after the game. “The way he played and just the number of saves that he made in the third period [and] quality saves. A lot of times you’ll get a lot of stuff from the outside, but they had some point-blank chances and he stood tall to the task that’s for sure.” Peter Holland scored his first of the year just two minutes into that final frame – the eventual game-winner – and from there the floodgates opened and the Blackhawks simply poured it on. They pumped shot after shot at Reimer, but were continually turned aside. There was one particular two-minute power-play barrage – just after Holland made it 3-2 – that saw five shots flung at the Leafs goal, an improbable glove stop on Brent Seabrook among those kept out. “I think it was pretty self-explanatory,” Dion Phaneuf said of Reimer’s performance afterward. “He made not only big saves, but at key times and it’s about momentum swings and I thought that he really swung the momentum in our favour many times.” Reimer was making his first start in more than two weeks and if there was some rust early it quickly wore off as the evening rolled along. “The more pucks you see and stop the better you feel,” said Reimer, who holds a .929 save percentage in five games this season. He couldn’t quite remember Chicago’s first goal – both came on the power-play – unable to see the second one, a point shot from Seabrook with Andrew Shaw camped in front. From there nothing made it through. Reimer made one key left pad stop on Patrick Kane with less than four minutes left and then a handful more as the Blackhawks kept pressuring until the final buzzer. “He battles when there are second opportunities and sometimes third ones,” Phaneuf said. “He was a difference-maker for us tonight and I can’t say enough good things about the way that he played.” Sputtering out of the gates in October – five losses in the first eight games – the Leafs appear to be turning a corner of sorts, scoring wins over the resource-depleted likes of Buffalo and Columbus before outlasting Chicago by the slimmest of margins on this night. It was arguably their most difficult test so far. “I think for us it’s a good measuring stick,” Stephane Robidas said of the challenge before the game. “It’s one of the better teams in the NHL the past few years and we’ve got to use it as a measuring stick and see where we’re at.” And while they were under complete siege for nearly all of the final 20 minutes, the Leafs actually held tough with the Blackhawks for the opening two periods, especially at even-strength. “We stuck with the game-plan,” Carlyle said. “We weren’t pretty. And our goaltender gave us a chance in the end and that’s all you can really ask of your team.” Five Points 1. 5-on-5 A testament to some recent improvement, Toronto has outscored opponents 9-1 at even-strength during this three-game win streak – the lone goal coming in Columbus on Friday night. Chicago’s dangerous collection was held off the board in such situations Saturday, both of their markers coming on the power-play. Asked what stood out about his team’s play in 5-on-5 situations, Carlyle responded with four words and only four words. “More offensive zone time,” he said. 2. Limiting the Load Dion Phaneuf didn’t have a lot left in the tank by the time March rolled around last spring, the pile of hugely difficult minutes admittedly taking their toll. “I’d be lying to say that it did not wear you down,” Phaneuf said on the first day of training camp. “When you’re playing those big minutes, by the time Game 70 comes around you might be feeling it a little more.” Phaneuf averaged more than 24 minutes before the Olympic break last season and struggled down the stretch, but so far this year that number is down to less over 22 minutes nightly and that’s not by accident. The coaching staff implemented an soft minute count for their captain this season. That threshold would seem lie at 22 minutes. “í think what we’ve tried to do is tried to share minutes more evenly,” Carlyle said. “We felt that there was a threshold that we would try to keep him underneath and some games we have, some games we haven’t.” Phaneuf played more than 24 minutes Saturday for just the third time this season, helping to hold Chicago’s top line off the score-sheet. 3. Balance Saturday was indicative of that newfound balance on defence. None of the six dressed against Chicago played less than 17 minutes and only Phaneuf topped 21 minutes. Leafs Defence Ice-Time DEFENDER TOI VS. CHICAGO Dion Phaneuf 24:41 Roman Polak 20:55 Cody Franson 20:31 Jake Gardiner 19:35 Morgan Rielly 17:21 Stephane Robidas 17:11 4. An Opportunity Maybe the biggest beneficiary in Joffrey Lupul’s absence is 23-year-old Peter Holland. Holland leapt one rung higher in the Leafs lineup with Lupul out, centering a third unit with Leo Komarov and Mike Santorelli. Totaling a season-high of nearly 16 minutes, he scored the eventual game-winner and also took Lupul’s former spot on the team’s second power-play unit. “I think anytime you move up the lineup and you take on a bigger role it’s definitely an opportunity so it was something I was trying to focus on tonight and I thought [Santorelli], Leo and myself did a great job tonight,” he said. Oddly, four of his 11 career goals have come against Chicago. “I’m not really sure [why but] I seem to be a bit of a Blackhawk killer,” he said. Lupul, meanwhile, will miss three weeks with the broken right hand or in the neighbourhood of nine more games – he’s already sat out the past two. 5. Carrick’s debut An odd text popped up on Sam Carrick’s phone from Marlies teammate on Saturday morning, Frazer McLaren. “Congrats buddy,” it read. McLaren had been at the Marlies home rink, the Ricoh Coliseum, and saw that Carrick’s equipment had been removed. Carrick, picked 144th overall in 2010, was confused. Two minutes later the phone sprung to life again, this time with Leafs assistant general manager, Kyle Dubas, on the line. Carrick was being recalled to the big club, Dubas said, and would make his NHL debut against Chicago. “I was pretty excited,” said Carrick before the game. Coming off an increasingly impactful second AHL season – he had nine points in 14 playoff games – the 22-year-old offered a strong impression to Leaf coaches and brass at training camp and was the first Marlie to get the call when Joffrey Lupul broke his hand Friday in Columbus. “What we’ve tried to do is always make a statement that if you go down and play well you’re going to be recognized,” Carlyle said. Stats-Pack 9-1 – Mark by which Toronto has outscored opponents at even-strength in the past three games. 22:09 – Average ice-time for Dion Phaneuf this season. 5-0-0 – Leafs record when scoring first this season. 6-0-0 – Leafs record this season when Phil Kessel records a point. 26-7 – Blackhawks shot advantage in the third period on Saturday. Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-3 Season: 16.% PK: 2-4 Season: 81% Quote of the Night “Enough was enough because we couldn’t continue to go the way we were going.” - Randy Carlyle, on turning things around after a one-sided loss to Boston last week. Up Next The Leafs leave the earliest signs of winter behind, visiting the newly minted Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Ray Smith Jersey . -- Center Max Unger and tight end Zach Miller are both probable for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the New York Giants and Percy Harvins recovery continues to be slow. 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The letter states the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities" for Native Americans. The announcement did not state whether Snyder will personally donate any money to the foundation and gave no other financial details. A major opponent of the nickname said Snyders move was "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery." Suzan Shown Harjo, a lead figure in a long-running case that seeks to strip the Redskins of their federal trademark protection, told The Associated Press that Snyder is showing the "same arrogance" that hes shown previously when defending the nickname. "Im glad that hes had a realization that Native Americans have it tough in the United States," Harjo said. "All sorts of people could have told him that, and have been trying to tell him that for a long time." Snyder again gave no indication he plans tto change the teams name. Andrew Donnal Jersey. . 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