Game In 10: Game 25, Leafs vs. Bruins

Game In 10: Game 25, Leafs vs. Bruins

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    A spirited rivalry brewing? I swear, in 50 years time we will still be talking about the Kessel trade. Who won the trade? Who cares? All I know is we have Kessel, we love Kessel, and Seguin is a Bruin. We don’t like the Bruins. All I want to know is, who poked the friggin’ Bear?

    1 – The Leafs are 14-9-2 and the legs were there, the effort was there, the chances were there. Unfortunately, brain freezes were there too, so many penalties.

    2 – Big save by Gus early on calmed the team down a little bit, in fact Gus was extremely good and composed throughout the first period. The Lucic goal was just a good passing play and he couldn’t cover the angle in time. Gustavsson was pretty good on the night too, making 34 saves.

    3 – Grabo scored on a beautiful feed from MacArthur and it’s a powerplay goal! This goal ended a seven game goal drought for our Belarusian.

    4 – The first Boston goal was the first one in 9 games for Lucic and the second was Krejci’s first in the last 10 games. Sucks to see the top Boston line finding their scoring touch against the Leafs. Lucic ended up scoring 2. Lucic has five goals in three games against the Leafs, and five goals in 20 games against other teams. We need to find an answer for this guy.

    5 – Phil Kessel blows past the blueline, freezes Thomas with a fantastic pass and Lupul finishes it off. American beauty! Well, Canadian American if you include Lupul. Phil is not only trying (and succeeding) to carry this team, but he’s backchecking and making defensive plays.

    6 – Zdeno Chara scored to make it 3-2. Helpers supplied by, you guessed it, Krejci and Horton. In other news, Jake Gardiner is a calm customer. Matt Frattin got a lucky one in the middle of the 3rd to keep it relatively close, but it wasn’t to be.

    7 – We were called on numerous silly penalties tonight, sure, the PK was ok, but there’s only so much you can kill in a game. It also wears down the penalty killers. Sure, the last goal wasn’t a PP goal on record, but for all intents and purposes it was exactly that.

    8 – Schenn has to do a better job on Lucic on the fifth Boston goal. Boxing out once again emerged as a problem against the big Bruins. We were outscored 19-5 in the last three contests.

    9 – Our powerplay once again proved effective being 1/2 on the night. The PK wasn’t frustrating tonight, but the sheer number of penalties gave plenty of chances to the Bruins powerplay and they made it count.

    10 – The Bruins are still team that had 10 wins in their last 11 games prior to this one. The fact we managed to play an even game (for most of it) with them has to showcase some positives from our team. Silly penalties cost us in this one. All in all, I’m not disappointed by this game. Good effort.

    Hi there, I'm Mislav, a hockey writer from Croatia. My weird hockey journey includes the Maple Leafs Hot Stove, covering the Kontinental Hockey League as a Managing Editor at KHL.hr and doing a piece for the Hockey News that one time. This is me on hockey and stuff in between. Enjoy your stay!
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