Game In 10: Game 49, Leafs at Isles
1 â€“ The Leafs are 25-19-5 and Mike Myers was representing yo!
2 â€“ Ron Wilson ties Mike Keenan for games coached. Forget Iron Mike, congratulations I-Ron!
3 â€“ Sloppy work by Grabo in the corner, which led to a Leafs turnover and Isles capitalize. You know that #91 guy we shut down last night? Yeah, he scored.
4 â€“ Pretty slow start by the Leafs, but it picked up after the goal as the boys put good pressure on the Isles defense, creating some good chances.
5 â€“ The first period was a fun period of hockey. Unfortunately, that meant a lot of turnovers on the Leafs end. Our boys in blue only managed four shots on goal. 14 shots through two periods of play.
6 â€“ The physicality ramped up in the second period, which didnâ€™t sit well with us, some free shots taken by the Isles, most notably Tavares on Komisarek, Hamonic on Kessel, MacDonald on Kessel. Orr would be helpful here, but truculence doesnâ€™t have to be an â€œeither or(r)â€ kind of thing. Orr doesnâ€™t need to be in the lineup for the team to respond properly. Lupul did that towards the end of the second when he plastered Tavares.
7 â€“ As Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal I was wondering, why canâ€™t we get both special teams going at the same time?
8 â€“ C-Mac shrinks the Isles lead to 1 as he buries a good pass by Grabo who had a great shift on that play. Worked tirelessly in the offensive zone and created the play by being tenacious. Grabo was very good tonight and gets rewarded by a fluky goal. Another weird bounce tied it 13 seconds from time. Invest in better infrastructure! Â Grabo then collected a fantastic assist on the last play of the game. 4 assists on the night!
9 â€“ Jake Gardiner scored his first goal in his NHL career and it was a shot through traffic after some good crosschecking work by the Isles defense in front of Montoyaâ€™s crease. Â The Lupul hit really sparked the team.
10a â€“ Tremendous response by the boys after getting surprised by a more physical Isles team pretty much throughout the first two periods. The boys didnâ€™t respond with fisticuffs but they got fired up, started taking liberties as well and responded with goals.
10b â€“ This Leafs team is a bubble team. Burke has already shown he isnâ€™t interested in trading assets for the type of player that can just barely help to push us into the playoffs as a short term help. Heâ€™s interested in building. If a trade does happen, I think itâ€™s going to be for a player who is a long term help and makes us better for longer. If that deal isnâ€™t on the table, Iâ€™d rather Burke stays pat. Trading for a veteran goalie if the price isnâ€™t too steep makes sense, because it not only increases the odds of making the playoffs but stabilizes our goaltending situation for the playoffs. However, it could turn to be a waste of relatively high pick as Gustavsson is on the road to proving he can handle the load.