Preseason Post Game: Flyers 3 vs. Leafs 2 (SO)

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The Leafs dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy second game of preseason. Remarkably, Phil Kessel took 6 minutes worth of aggressive stick infractions.

Becoming known for eating up his former team, James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring after cutting off a pass on the left board in the neutral zone. He got in behind the Flyer defenceman and roofed it far side on a goaltender named “Heeter.”

Answering for the other side of the transaction, Luke Schenn tied the game at 1s with seconds remaining in the first frame. Mark Fraser awkwardly tried to block a point shot (that was going wide) and it wound up bounding off his foot and splitting Jonathan Bernier between the wickets. Bernier was yelling at Fraser to get out of the lane, apparently.

Jamie Devane restored the Toronto lead in the second period by accomplishing something I expect he’ll do rarely if ever again in a Leaf uniform, which is score a goal. Coming off the bench as Trevor Smith battled for the puck, the disc sprung loose before Devane skated onto it and threw a slapshot on net. Brad Ross’ presence around the goalmouth seemed to distract Heeter as he got beat cleanly on the short side from 50+ feet.

Bruno Gervais tied the game at 2s in the third period, stepping over the blueline and beating Drew MacIntyre clean over the glove. After some heroic bail outs in the second half of the second period, MacIntyre had a good look at the shot and probably should have had it.

The game needed a shootout, which took many rounds to complete. JvR, Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson scored for the Leafs in the losing effort.

A few thoughts:

– Pretty garbage game to watch. It’s hard to make judgments and will be until teams start icing something closer to their real lineups plus one or two bubble players.

– Clarkson wasted no time making an impact in this one as his renowned intensity was apparent from puck drop. He had a nice chance in the slot on his first shift as his line alongside Carter Ashton and Greg McKegg applied some early pressure. Clarkson provided another good shift to start the 2nd. After chirping at Rosehill off the faceoff, he got in on the forecheck and outbattled the 6’6 Oliver Lauridsen for the puck. He threw a hit, separated the man, retrieved the puck, and sent it back to the point. The Leafs did not have enough forwards who could do those things consistently last season. The shift-to-shift intensity, his work rate and pure fury when he competes down low is a breath of fresh air. Clarkson also dropped the gloves with Nicklas Grossman after sustaining a big hit from Grossman earlier in the shift.

– Jonathan Bernier put on a solid 16-save performance in his 30 minute half. He made his biggest save on Nick Cousins in the second period. Cousins pulled it around the sprawling defenceman and Bernier rather calmly closed down the angle to make the save. Bernier also got some praise from the broadcast crew for leaving his crease to make a smart play on a loose puck that got in behind a Leafs defenceman in the first period. In the second period, Bernier made a sharp reactionary poke check to negate a fast-developing scoring chance right in his goalmouth. Just the one goal against for Bernier, which he was handcuffed on.

– Petter Granberg seems like he needs a good chunk of AHL time to adjust. He had a better third period, but he looked a little lost to me in the first 40, whether it’s the pace, style of play, size of the rink, or all the above.

– T.J. Brennan moved the puck well, and showed off a nice point shot on a few occasions.

– I saw two nice scramble plays around the net by Andrew MacWilliam where he might have saved a goal. He moves pretty efficiently for a big man. He also caught a Flyer with a nice hit at the offensive blueline that drew a bit of a crowd. Two good showings in a row from MacWilliam, who is ahead of Granberg if I am arranging my depth chart based on these past two games (he’s also two years older). Granberg needs some time.

– Tough game to make a call on any of the bubble players at forward.

– Rielly had a tough second period. First he got beat outside by Luke Schenn, of all people, leading to a chance in the slot that MacIntyre snuffed out with a great glove save. Anthony has mentioned this before, but for a great skater Rielly seems to get walked on to the outside on occasion. This was Luke Schenn, to boot. Rielly also went on a little fishing expedition later on in the period and got caught up ice, leading to a breakway which McIntyre also bailed him out on. It’s tough, because ideally Rielly could work on a few of these things playing against men in the AHL. It’s tough to send a kid with those skills and that type of poise beyond his years back to junior, but I think I’m for it. Rielly will have plenty more preseason appearances to try to change that impression.

– Jake Gardiner was his high-event self, pulling off some pond hockey stunts. Flying forward with reckless abandon, flying back to cover his butt.

Game in Six

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Sooooo happy that hockey is back!!
    **bubble**bubble**bubble**

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    We need Orr and McL in the lineup if folks are gonna take liberties with Kessel like that.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    -Keon- 
    Yep….and McL too.  Shows that we need them though.  No fucking way Kessel should be cross-checking people and having other players laughing like that.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/reporterchris
    Randy Carlyle, being honest: “I wouldn’t say it was a classic NHL game.”
    Understatement lol

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I thought MacIntyre played a very strong 2nd half.  For awhile there, he was putting on a clinic.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    -Keon- 
    Christ…could you imagine?? MLHS would go apeshit.

  • Zep2

    Love watching Gardiner with the puck. It was either the Bengals or the Browns who were called the Kardiac Kids in the 80,s. Thats kind of what you get with Gardiner . Rielly may be the same

  • darthNihilus

    Agree on all points above. A little disappointed with some of the youngins’ who are supposed to be making an impression. Rielly will be fine in a couple of years. I know its early but out of the 4 goalies so far I think Reims has been the weakest (and I love optimus)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Zep2 
    Gardiner & Rielly are gonna be somethin’ special down the line.

  • Burtonboy

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Whens he’s on he’s all world . Except for shootouts . I remember he had trouble with those last yr with the Marlies as well

  • Loric76

    darthNihilus Reims was the only one that didn’t let anything in…was 3-0 when Gibson came in yesterday.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Loric76 darthNihilus 
    Huh??

  • Zep2

    Loric76 darthNihilus No , Gibson wasnt scored on I believe. he held the fort at 3-3

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Zep2 Loric76 darthNihilus 
    Reimer let in one or two softies yesterday (one for sure, imo).

  • Loric76

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Loric76 darthNihilus lol whoops

  • Loric76

    Zep2 Loric76 darthNihilus ya, you’re right.  I need sleep

  • Loric76

    night gang

  • darthNihilus

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Zep2 Loric76 darthNihilus he’s probably still a little rusty from over the summer or adjusting to the smaller pads

  • Zep2

    Small sample size for sure . But impressed with MacWilliam and Bernier was solid. His puck handling will help take pressure of the D when he’s in net
    Good night folks

  • Burtonboy

    Coach seems to think Rielly played well.https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/379792522827935744
    Carlyle post-game: “I wouldn’t say it was a classic NHL game.” Pointed to JVR, Rielly and MacWilliam as positives.

  • darthNihilus

    hope we sign franson by thursday

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    darthNihilus Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Zep2 Loric76 
    True, but same could be said for any ‘tender.  It’ll be interesting because you just know our goaltending will be scrutinized like a hawk.  Every game will be picked apart for each goalie if the last 2 nights are any indication.

  • Burtonboy

    Zep2 McWilliam had been the best defensemen on the ice so far …both games

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Your opinion don’t count ….Only Caryle’s lol

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy Zep2 
    McW and Ranger for me.

  • Jmessih

    Macwilliam ran over Nik Grossman, Grossman is the guy Clarkson said was like moving a truck when describing his battles with him tonight and Macwillaim blew him up.

  • Burtonboy

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy Zep2 Yeah it was close in the first game between those two for sure

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    darthNihilus 
    Me too.  I really don’t like a player to miss camp….can have a big effect on their overall season.

  • Bronson

    Hi dudes. Can someone let me know how #41 played tonight?

  • Jmessih

    -Keon- Touche lol

  • darthNihilus

    Jmessih macwillie is a mac truck!

  • Jmessih

    @Bronson Like usually, all hustle, no selfish plays

  • Bronson

    Jmessih good to hear. thanks, man.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    God Damn we have a lot of Mic’s on the team!!

  • Jmessih

    @Bronson Jmessih Np, but I only watched the third period, was in class for the rest of the game

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/379794544931250176
    Clarkson: ‘We didn’t let them push us around. That’s the way we’re going to be.’ (1 of 2)
    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/379794605916426241
    Clarkson: ‘When you come into our building … they’re going to know it’s our building’ (2 of 2)

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/379794544931250176
    Clarkson: ‘We didn’t let them push us around. That’s the way we’re going to be.’ (1 of 2)’When you come into our building … they’re going to know it’s our building’ (2 of 2)

  • Black_Hawk

    rustynail dam straight

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Man those eyes remind me so much of Tucker . Just a little unbalanced lol

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy damn site is slow tonight

  • Mattmark

    With all the hype on Rielly it’s clear he can’t outskate Gardiner.  I’m starting to wonder if anybody can!

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy rustynail more than a little IMO

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I’ve found myself staring at the chick cheering for Kadri in the picture below….a few times.
    Wooga wooga!!

  • Knights2Leafs

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    does she sell mortgages?

  • Cameron19

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan darthNihilus Yea, I don’t like him missing it either – but it’s not like he’s injured.  He’s still working out on his own, and I assume skating with a junior team or something. Not as good as training camp obviously, but still…usually the concern is for players who spend that time unable to do anything, and get behind in their fitness.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    -Keon- 
    LMFAO!!  You know, I never realized that until just now.  Good eye!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    -Keon- 
    I’m not certain Colborne will make the team to be quite honest.

  • Mattmark

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan -Keon- But when you’re wooga-ing a pic the size of a postage stamp you’ve got to be pretty hard up for female companionship.

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy very slow . Hope Livefyre gets it resolved

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    -Keon- 
    I wonder if Raymond could out skate him.