Game In 10: Game 9, Leafs at Rangers

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    On a night when the Leafs worryingly placed James Reimer on IR, suffering from what the management still didn’t want to call post concussion woes, we really needed Gus to step up. That he did. It wasn’t spectacular, but he was good.

    1 – The Leafs are 6-2-1 and now we can stop drawing parallels to last season. Woohooo.

    2 – Gaborik is fast and you have to play him better than we did on the first goal. It was 4 on 4 and two forwards were defending in Grabovski and Lombardi, but you have to be aware of Gaborik’s speed and deceptive first stride.

    3 – This game featured the most horrendous first period of hockey I have seen in a long while. Rangers’ strategy early on was crashing Gus and crashing him often. The refs didn’t make things any better. A few good calls but they let too much go on Gustavsson, which just snowballed things. 3 on 3 hockey, escaped water bottles, penalties, and two rightfully disallowed Ranger goals.

    4 – We got our first break of the night when Henrik Lundqvist let in a rare bad goal by on a shot from a bad angle by Matthew Lombardi. Right after Mike Brown destroyed Kris Newbury in what was a very good hockey fight. Besides the saves made on Kessel’s two breakaway chances, Lundqvist wasn’t particularly sharp tonight. Both Mac’s and Brown’s goals were ones he’d like to have back.

    5 – Komisarek looked physical and composed out there tonight and I liked Gardiner’s poise in the offensive zone. Gardiner did have a few missed coverages in the D zone.

    6 – At times, Tim Connolly proved what he could bring to the team with his slick passing ability. I think Frattin should start making a more regular trip to the USSR. MacArthur isn’t playing well right now, despite the goal. What I’m wondering is – where is that contract year desperation? Oh… In the meantime, Frattin is creating offense by crashing the net and shooting which is what this line could really use more of – simplicity.

    7 – Joffrey Lupul keeps his stick on the ice and gets an ugly one to put us 2-1 up in the third. Lots of hard work by everyone on that line to get that goal, including Connolly out front. Lupul now has 5 goals on his last 24 shots.

    8 – Besides the first Ranger goal, which was simply inexcusable, Jonas Gustavsson had a solid night between the pipes. His play on the Rangers PPs was particularly impressive.

    9 – Mike Brown deserved a goal for all his hard work tonight, and I’m glad he got it, be it after Lundqvist laid a big egg. The big thing tonight was winning the battles and the team did that all over the ice.

    10 – This was an ugly road win, but that’s never a bad thing. The boys battled hard and earned points against a team in their home opener, on extremely bad ice and after conceding first. It wasn’t pretty, but these are a big 2 points. An opportunistic win against a team that’s far from their best right now. 2 and 2 on a tough roadtrip.

    BOXSCORE:

    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST PERIOD
    06:23NYRDAN GIRARDI (1) WRIST – ASST: M. GABORIK (1) AND A. ANISIMOV (3)
    2ND PERIOD
    01:20TORMATTHEW LOMBARDI (2) SNAP – ASST: T. BOZAK (5) AND C. GUNNARSSON (3)
    3RD PERIOD
    02:11TORJOFFREY LUPUL (5) WRIST – ASST: J. GARDINER (3) AND P. KESSEL (7)
    06:33TORCLARKE MACARTHUR (1) SLAP – ASST: M. KOMISAREK (1)
    13:54TORMIKE BROWN (1) WRIST – ASST: J. LILES (7)
    15:26NYRMICHAEL DEL ZOTTO (1) WRIST – ASST: NONE

    PENALTY SUMMARY
    1ST PERIOD
    04:42TORJOFFREY LUPUL : HI-STICKING  - 2 MIN
    04:42NYRRYAN CALLAHAN : ROUGHING  - 2 MIN
    13:18NYRBRANDON PRUST : INTERFERENCE  - 2 MIN
    13:28TORTIM CONNOLLY : CLIPPING  - 2 MIN
    14:03TORCARL GUNNARSSON : HOLDING  - 2 MIN
    15:17NYRDEREK STEPAN : HI-STICKING  - 2 MIN
    2ND PERIOD
    01:31TORMIKE BROWN : FIGHTING (MAJ)  - 5 MIN
    01:31NYRKRIS NEWBURY : FIGHTING (MAJ)  - 5 MIN
    08:21TORMATT FRATTIN : INTERFERENCE ON GOALKEEPER  - 2 MIN
    3RD PERIOD
    07:45NYRBRAD RICHARDS : SLASHING  - 2 MIN
    15:58NYRBRANDON DUBINSKY : UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT  - 2 MIN
    SKATER STATS
    TORPosGAP+/-PIMShotsEV TOIPP TOISH TOITOI
    2   L. SchennD00000012:4800:1400:1013:12
    3   D. PhaneufD00000221:1703:1102:1326:41
    8   M. KomisarekD01120017:1400:0002:1519:29
    11   P. DupuisC00000211:5000:0001:0612:56
    12   T. ConnollyC00002012:3202:4100:0015:13
    15   M. LombardiC10100210:4600:3000:3211:48
    16   C. MacArthurL10120313:1002:1800:0015:28
    18   M. BrownR10115210:1500:0000:2510:40
    19   J. LupulR10102414:0002:3600:0016:36
    20   D. SteckelC00000110:5700:0001:4312:40
    24   J. LilesD01120017:2803:3801:1122:17
    36   C. GunnarssonD01102120:3501:4000:5923:14
    39   M. FrattinR00012110:5500:3000:0011:25
    41   N. KuleminL00010313:4101:4300:2915:53
    42   T. BozakC01110211:2700:3000:3012:27
    51   J. GardinerD01100413:0202:1300:0015:15
    81   P. KesselR01100514:2003:0300:0017:23
    84   M. GrabovskiC00010416:3102:1300:3919:23
    NYRPosGAP+/-PIMShotsEV TOIPP TOISH TOITOI
    4   M. Del ZottoD10100116:4401:3401:3319:51
    5   D. GirardiD10110219:4300:3602:4423:03
    8   B. PrustL000-12208:4800:1001:1210:10
    10   M. GaborikR011-10419:4802:1001:1623:14
    17   B. DubinskyC00002217:2501:0600:2018:51
    19   B. RichardsC00002320:2002:4800:4623:54
    21   D. StepanC000-22314:2502:1001:2818:03
    22   B. BoyleC000-20109:2700:3801:3811:43
    24   R. CallahanR00002618:0601:5200:5820:56
    26   R. FedotenkoL00010113:2600:3800:5615:00
    27   R. McDonaghD00010319:2600:1003:0922:45
    38   M. SauerD00000019:0200:0002:4021:42
    40   E. ChristensenC00000108:5400:2600:0009:20
    42   A. AnisimovC011-10008:1100:2602:1410:51
    44   S. EmingerD000-30011:3000:0000:4212:12
    45   K. NewburyC00015003:0700:0000:0003:07
    53   T. ErixonD000-30114:2300:2600:0014:49
    86   W. WolskiL000-20011:3900:2600:0012:05

    GOALIE STATS
    TOTALSV%TOI
    TORONTO ›50J. GUSTAVSSON28 – 30.93359:51
    NY RANGERS ›30H. LUNDQVIST32 – 36.88958:15

    SHOTS ON GOAL
    1ST2ND3RDT
    TORONTO ›10161036
    NY RANGERS ›167730

    TEAM STATS
    PIMPPHITSFO WINSGVATKABKS
    TORONTO ›130/41531359
    NY RANGERS ›130/3173110919