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04/06/2011

A meaningful game of Hockey in April.

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer

The Toronto Maple Leafs run for a playoff spot is over with a shootout loss to the Capitals.

It ended before the overtime was over, the Sabres knocked off the Lightning 4-2, the Leafs were playing for pride.

We decided to staff the game with two photographers. I was downstairs in the West end and David Cooper upstairs.

It is fun to cover a game that means so much, you have to be on your toes, you never know which play will be the most pivotal. 

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DAVID COOPER - Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur celebrates as Nikolai Kulemin opened the scoring for the Leafs in the first period.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski picks up the puck for Nikolai Kulemin (41) after he scored his 30th goal of the season.

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DAVID COOPER - Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin shoots on net past Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek during the 1st period.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn reacts after he deflected the puck past James Reimer for the Washington Capitals' second goal. Caps centre Matt Hendricks celebrates the goal in the second period.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera fights Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek in the second period.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer makes one of his 39 saves.

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DAVID COOPER - Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak would trip over a falling linesman Mark Schewchyk and loose possession of the puck as Toronto Star photographer is over lensed to capture the play and is looking elsewhere.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Late in the third period Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak fans on a breakaway opportunity.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs' fans look at the out of town scoreboard in the overtime and realize that the Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lighning 4-2, eliminating the Leafs from any dreams of the post season. 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Sabres 4 - Lightning 2. Toronto Maple Leafs done.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Nikolai Kulemin is stopped by Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth in the shoot out.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer looks down after giving up the winner in the shoot out as the Toronto Maple Leafs lose the game and their playoff hopes 3-2.

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DAVID COOPER - Toronto Maple Leafs players gather around goalie James Reimer, who was instrumental in the run to the playoffs.

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 STEVE RUSSELL - Fans watch as the Leafs gather around James Reimer.

 

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Toronto must have to wait again, the next Season, hopefully better results can be shown as Torontonians live eager to have a winning team. :(

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