Game In 10: Game 3, Flames at Leafs

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    We always love a game of traded jerseys. Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan, Matthew Lombardi, Niklas Hagman, Dion Phaneuf, Lanny McDonald – wait, that’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 – The Leafs are 3-0-0 and that is awesome.

    2 – One thing I’ve been saying is for a number of years now is that we don’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 – Rene Bourque was CLEARLY offside, but that doesn’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 – 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 – Phil Kessel is much better defensively and also has a much better work ethic. That’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 – Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson looked really good tonight. Gunnarsson seems to be evolving into our best utility, all around defenseman.

    7 – Niklas Hagman and Phil Kessel are the last two players to score a hattrick in the blue and white. Nobody cares about Hagman.

    8 – 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 – 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 – 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.

    I'm Mislav, a Croat living in Zagreb. I love the Leafs and write hockey things. First wrote on Leafspace, then did some work on LeafsHQ for about a year and a half and have been a proud member of Maple Leafs Hot Stove ever since. Also wrote for the Hockey News (that one time was sweet!), have been covering Medvescak Zagreb for the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the KHL as part of KHL.hr. @Xterratu on Twitter.