We always love a game of traded jerseys. Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan, Matthew Lombardi, Niklas Hagman, Dion Phaneuf, Lanny McDonald – wait, thatâ€™s getting too far back. Anyways, this game was the best example of what one week’s rust can do to a hockey team. The boys in blue gave up numerous turnovers in the first but managed a supreme comeback to remain perfect.
1 â€“ The Leafs are 3-0-0 and that is awesome.
2 â€“ One thing I’ve been saying is for a number of years now is that we donâ€™t do a good job of clearing the crease. Bad play in front of the net, with two D-men covering Curtis Glencross, ended up as a Calgary goal. Nobody got the stick on the ice or cleared him from in front of the net. Also, Reimer could have played that one a little bit better.
3 â€“ Rene Bourque was CLEARLY offside, but that doesnâ€™t change the fact that James Reimer let in a 2nd bad goal on a shot he really should have had. So far, Scott Hannan has scored 31 goals in 830 NHL games played. That equals 1 goal for each 26.8 games. Charity is admirable, I’m not really glad we helped that average along.
4 â€“ Reimer did bounce back with two huge saves in the second and one in the third period. One such save caused a great rush the other way. Off of it, Kessel dished to Lupul who scored to make it 2-1. Mike Brown and Tom Kostopolous got to it right after, a bout which Brown decisively won.
5 â€“ Phil Kessel is much better defensively and also has a much better work ethic. Thatâ€™s how you grow as a player. He also scores highlight reel goals. Great defensive work by Tyler Bozak in front of the crease (oh my) on that goal.
6 â€“ Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson looked really good tonight. Gunnarsson seems to be evolving into our best utility, all around defenseman.
7 â€“ Niklas Hagman and Phil Kessel are the last two players to score a hattrick in the blue and white. Nobody cares about Hagman.
8 â€“ Phil Kessel scores goals. A lot of goals. Tyler Seguin doesn’t score as many goals. Goals are awesome. Goals. He also had an assist, was +3 and had 5 shots. Counting back to last season, this continues a 13 game point streak for the Thrill.
9 â€“ We all know David Steckel can win faceoffs, but so can Tyler Bozak (74% in the circle). Bozie has been a vastly improved player this season and all his offseason work is showing on the scoresheet.
10 â€“ The win that got Glenn Healy singing the praises… No, but really, it’s a game we would have lost last year, a year before that, etc. That really says it all. 3-2 win by the Leafs. WOOOHHHHOOOOOOOOO.