It was rivalry night in the ACC as the Leafs hosted the Canadiens. The Habs were one of the teams we were supposed to take both points from. Tomas Kaberle made a return to the ACC, but this time he was wearing a much hated jersey. A part of the anthem was done in French and it was the only part that Randy Cunneyworth had trouble with.
1 â€“ The Leafs are 23-19-5 and this truly was one of the worst hockey games this year.
2 â€“ We pretty much shut the Canadiens down in the first period; they needed nine minutes to get their first shot of the game, but that shot was a shorthanded breakaway by Lars Eller which Gustavsson managed to stop. Phiew. The shot total was 6-0 in favor of the Leafs up to that point.
3 â€“ A huge number of turnovers on our blueline and in the neutral zone, Komisarek needs to get better at making that breakout pass as itâ€™s costing us puck possession.
4 â€“ Rene Bourque got a really fortunate bounce for the first Habs goal. Of course, it was his first goal in a Habs uniform. Immediately after that, the Leafs respond after a fantastic assist by Bozak to put Lombardi on the breakaway who then dekes the hell out of Price, puts him on his pants and scores.
5 â€“ Yeah, remember what happened to Lupul after a period of full offseason training, not saying Lombardi will have the same transformation but seeing him pick up his game in the last stretch of games makes one think.
6 â€“ Komisarek rocked Travis Moen and it was a clean hit, Habs still wanted to get a piece of Mike. Thatâ€™s how it goes in todayâ€™s NHL. I donâ€™t recommend getting a piece of Mike because it might be more knuckles than you can chew.
7 â€“ The Leafs killed 16 straight penalties since the beginning of 2012.
8 â€“ Jonas Gustavsson is starting to look better. If youâ€™re wondering why read on of my earlier Game In 10s. BÃ¶rje Salming approves. Iâ€™m just wondering what Komisarek was doing on the second Habs goal. Lupul wasnâ€™t exactly strong on the boards either. The third goal wasâ€¦ something. He got bumped butâ€¦ ah I dunno.
9 â€“ This Game In 10 lacks humor â€“ Scott Gomez. Also, for future reference, a screwdriver is not a hammer. A dive however, is always a dive.
10 â€“ Dropping home points against a weak Montreal team that played yesterday night isnâ€™t really a good way to get into the playoffs. We did exactly that against Ottawa too. Except for some unknown reason Ottawa isnâ€™t a bad team this year.