Game Recap: Game #54, Jets 5 vs. Leafs 4 (OT)

Game Recap: Game #54, Jets 5 vs. Leafs 4 (OT)

James Reimer

It was 4-1!

Half way through this one, it looked to be a continuation of the Dallas game, where uncharacteristically poor goaltending ensured every Leaf mistake wound up in the back of the net. Given the context of the 4-1 deficit, it’s hard be disappointed in the (loser) point the Maple Leafs received. Whereas the team folded like a card table once a few things went against them versus Dallas, they battled back admirably in this game and now pass Montreal for third in the division—for the time being.

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1st period

  • Franson-Gleason/Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin started the game in a tentative fashion for the Leafs, who were looking like they didn’t want to make a mistake versus trying to make plays.
  • The 4th line had a good night up against the Jets’ fourth line, and got started with a strong cycle shift early.
  • Overall, though, the team looked disjointed and conceded one early. A breakdown involving Gleason and the Nik Kulemin, who heard footsteps, led to a Mark Scheifele shot from the slot that trickled through Reimer. Should’ve been stopped.
  • The aggressive forecheck of the Jets, who are a fast team, was causing issues for the Leafs D, which looked tentative moving the puck, compounding the problem.
  • Just three minutes after the 1-0 goal, Franson got torched on a terrible read. Wheeler timed his entry well as Franson was trying to pivot. Wheeler just walked on Franson and went five-hole on Reimer for another weak-ish goal. Franson was never quick, but is there an injury affecting his ability to pivot? He’s getting exposed and exploited vs. top 6 competition right now.
  • The Leafs finally got a little push back from another good 4th line shift, with Ashton as the catalyst (again) and the Leafs completely hemmed the Jets’ fourth line in with dominant board play. Gardiner and Rielly were pinching gratuitously, taking advantage of the Jets’ forwards’ poor foot speed. Afterward, the Leafs got a full line change in and maintained some more zone time.
  • Capping off a hell of a period for #4, Franson lost body position on Mark Scheifele and tried to defend on the wrong side of the puck; in a predictable result, he took a hooking penalty.

2nd Period

  • A bad start to this period saw the first line hemmed in. After the second line came over the boards, the Kadri line does a good job of moving the puck up ice. Kadri threw a big check, maintained possession, and Franson mustered a good shot through. After a fourth line shift went in Winnipeg’s favour, a half a change later Kulemin received a pass off the bench from McClement for a break away, which Pavelec turned away. Who saw that backhand-forehand move coming from Kulemin? Oh, everybody, you say?
  • A couple of shifts later, Holland, Bodie and Raymond line + Gunnar/Dion were totally hemmed in with four attempts to leave the zone denied. A completely dominant shift from the Jets.
  • Soon after came yet another good shift from the 4th line; Ashton got in deep on the cycle and drew a penalty. Dion and Franson got burned on their own powerplay again on a 2-on-1, which Reimer turned away with a good save. As is the rule in hockey, the rush came back the other way, led by Dion. After a shot on net, the puck worked back to Franson, to Kessel, and to Dion, who fired home a rocket.
  • Thirty seconds after the goal, Gunnarsson filled in Wheeler from behind – a dumb penalty. A small scrum ensured and Gleason gave it to both Scheifele and Trouba before Stuart arrived and filled Gleason in from the side. Gleason motioned to drop his gloves while the refs were trying to break it up. Gleason is a nasty piece of business.
  • On the ensuring PP, the Jets scored on a nice pass/shot deflection by the center in the high slot, Bryan Little, in an overload set up. The redirect beat Reimer through the five hole.
  • Still on the PP, the Jets scored again, as this game looked to be getting away from the Leafs. Bogosian fired a bullet from the point that Reimer was hunting to find right up until it was in the net. That was it for Reimer, as the Leafs have now pulled their starter in two straight.
  • An important answer came just a minute and one second later, from an unlikely source. Troy Bodie scored on a great little rush started by Rielly, firing a no-wind-up snapper over the glove of Pavelec.
  • After another penalty draw by Kadri, who at least check is second in the league in this category, Rielly did a fine job gaining the zone. After some movement, Lupul drew a penalty off of Wheeler for hooking. Despite a 5 on 3 for 45 seconds, both were killed off despite some good chances from Kessel, Bozak and JVR (x2).
  • Ashton continues to do some small things effectively, this time initiating a rush and dropping an – albeit awkward – drop pass to Gleason. Gleason just got the shot off with little windup and it deflected off Trouba’s skate and through the legs of Pavelec. Dion, Bodie and Gleason (+4th line) produced the goals so far. Would the 1st line or 2nd line wake up in the third?

3rd period

  • The first five minutes of this period were pretty conservative. In another good 4th line shift with the Rielly/Gardiner pairing, Rielly diced up the Jets’ fourth line and got a shot off. McClement nearly had one after a one-timer off the rebound.
  • The Jets were attacking the right-half of the ice all night long when Franson was on, beating him wide with consistency, or forcing dump ins into Franson’s corner to get him to hurry a pass.
  • Setoguchi took an over the glass penalty half way through the final period. Dion and Franson were struggling to hold the line on PP#1. Nothing doing there, but PP#2 with a PMD (or two) on it makes the world of difference. Having two shooters on PP#1 is doing this team no favours on the PP, which is good, but could be even better. Dion and Franson are getting it done, but there’s a lot of scrambling and a lot of bobbled pucks, on top of being a power play unit that seems to give up too many scoring chances against.
  • Credit where it is due, after a tough night, Franson made a great play to strip his man a 2 on 1 and maybe save the game. Kessel scored going the other way, which means he’s scored a goal in every single game vs. the Winnipeg Jets (eight in a row). Note the sneaky little battle win by Bozak and Dion’s adept hold of the blueline before the goal.


  • In OT, Phaneuf was the end of a long shift amid a 26+ minute night. You could see him huffing and puffing on the replay as Byfgulien came at him, and he afforded too much space there which allowed Big Buff to step into the slot. Gleason committed the Don Cherry sin; as he reached in, his stick might have confused Bernier’s read off of Byfgulien’s blade, as this wrister beat Bernier between the pad and the glove and really should have been stopped.


Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Boxscore

Carter Ashton016:52110011000
Troy Bodie109:41020015000
Tyler Bozak0020:5510012120010
Cody Franson0120:59-132005110
Jake Gardiner0021:54000000001
Tim Gleason1017:43-112001000
Carl Gunnarsson0019:37002000311
Peter Holland008:31000321100
Nazem Kadri0118:35-110772101
Phil Kessel1121:00130000211
Nikolai Kulemin0016:05-120003000
Joffrey Lupul0021:18-140001000
Jay McClement0013:53000971000
Colton Orr006:34100004000
Dion Phaneuf1027:20:00110000201
Mason Raymond0015:46-120000001
Morgan Rielly0118:00142000010
James van Riemsdyk0122:15140000010

Leafs/Jets Game in 6

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Watching a 2 parter History Of The Eagles right now.  Awesome bio showing interview clips from the 70's as well as concert footage from the 70's and behind the scenes well as a LOT of dirty laundry (pardon the pun) being aired.  Anyone into torrents who is an old Eagles fan should check this out.


ok, one more post about music then I'm done. If you're losing faith in music, check out "Portugal. The Man". Weird name? yes. Good music? also yes. Unreal live band. check out "Modern Jesus", "Atomic Man", and "Sleep Forever".


You know they complain about the RCMP, but you rarely hear about the 
positive things that they do, such as this one. 

Frozen Carburetor 

In the fun world of the administration of justice, not all the laughs are in 
the court-room. Indeed, giggles and guffaws can erupt at almost any time or 

For example: On a bitterly cold winter's day several years ago in Northern 
British Columbia, an RCMP constable on patrol came across a motorcyclist, 
who was swathed in protective clothing and helmet, stalled by the roadside. 
"What's the matter?" asked the Policeman. 

"Carburetor's frozen," was the terse reply. 

"Pee on it. That'll thaw it out." 


"OK, Watch me and I will show you." 

The constable lubricated the carburetor, as promised. 

The bike started and the rider drove off, waving. 

A few days later, the detachment office received a note of thanks from the 
father of the motorbike rider. It began: "On behalf of my daughter, ......


realistically, do you think there'll be any substantial trades before deadline? i don't. nonis hasn't seen this whole club together, and is unlikely to make any moves until he does.

that said, how far do you think this line up could go:





so with this, who could we get for: kulemin, franson, reimer? another solid, stay at home D man like Gleason, a big fucker who can also fight?

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sorry, i'm about to write a blog.  have to get this off my chest so i can sleep.

Connor Brown. Live. A Summary, by dlb (or if you prefer, just got check the stats areshole)

- played in all situations, particularily counted on in key situations such as protecting the lead

- played a lot

- i wasn' sure if he was a left or right winger. he seemed to line up in the centre of the ice most of the time. sometimes in open space where the team would hope to get the puck to him quickly.

- when he has the puck, his team ends up keeping it

- he doesn't dangle and beat guys one on one a lot, but he looks to have the ability. he simply makes high tempo simple plays all over the ice. when he chips pucks in, his team gets it.

- seems to always draw two players, allowing him to find an open man.


any ideas when the next MLHS hangout is gonna be, really started to look forward to those 


Saw the tour , here in Montreal nov 4....they were sensational...looked

Better than ever...especially smokin'Joe Walsh

The show was based on the documentary and followed the same timelines

With video....

I'm 58 now and decided that was the last one, after 45 years of concerts

Cuz it can not get better..

Go leafs


@sharkbabysitter No to trading Kulemin and I like D'Amigo over Ashton on the 4th line. The third line looks a little weak with Raymond there

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i wish we signed Manny Molhotra instead of Raymond when i said we should :-)  but, like others have suggested, we may have never traded for Holland if we that happened.  so.  what ev

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- when he's one on one battling in the corners he's hard on the puck despite his size. comes away with the puck or doesn't lose it before one of his team mates gets a chance to arrive to help.

- when he's got help, he seems to let up and allow himself to get pushed off the puck but it's only because he knows his team mate is right there to pick it up. meanwhile, Connor is getting open for an immediate pass. it's smart hockey.

- when his team mate has the puck,Connor doesn't have to be the guy in the slot getting the next pass. he's happy to drive the net or curl in behind the puck carrier. because he draws attention and leaves other players open. then, as the puck moves to the open man Brown is sneaking into a place for a rebound or back door pass. it's uncanny, and no accident why he scores so much.

- great release. all these kids are phenominal now. so many hard shots under the bar. not long on the stick. beautiul game.

- he's not the fastest skater they say, but he didn't lose any races. he looks like a long-legged wirey kid for a "not big guy" so i wonder if he'll grow still, and i wonder if he'll simply get stronger and faster as he matures.

- he's not afraid of going into corners first with big guys like the Genies Josh Brown. Conner gets low and absorbs the hits and uses them to propl himself clear of the checker with the puck


@PEIleafnation I think he needs to edit the last paragraph to read.  ( even if it means more bad times than good)  He wrote more good times than bad.


@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Good player. Read an interview where he said he had a hell of a time learning the guitar part of a George Harrison, Beatles tune he wanted to play. Said he finally got it down. A few years later he was showing Harrison the part, telling him how hard it was to learn. Harrison told him he was playing 2 guitar tracks at once.   lol

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Loric76

haha, is that from a Blue and White pre-season game?  Jay M scored in a shootout, only media in the building?

fucking platinums eh


@dlb eh @sharkbabysitter 

i like raymond. he has skills. he just has to be on a line with some toughness, like bolland and holland. putting him with lupul/kadri is almost like putting him with the sedins. i think he'd be great with bolland and holland.

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one play stood out like no other to me. race to the puck along the boards on one of those dangerous angles. big guy right on his ass, i was thinking he was going to get pasted.  Connor Brown looked to bail out on the hit, until i realized he had his stick in the air (for balance, or in case he got shoved from behind?)...

...and he used his fucking skates to take the puck off the boards, in flight, in tight, while turning, in stride. he easily escaped the check and moved the puck quickly to his D. it was a holy shit moment for me. he uses his feet very well, and showed it was no fluke later on too.

just a smart, hard working...very hard working kid. it's no accident he's got the points he has. yeah...all based on one game lol

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Bobsyouruncle @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 

I just realized this is a 4 hour bio (and I'm only 46 minutes into it).  Gotta get some sleep and pick it up tomorrow night.  Very good so far.  Can't wait to get to the nitty gritty around 1980 when they all hated each

I like Already Gone....along with The Last Resort, Desperado, Witchy Woman, and a few others.  Haven't listened to any Eagles in awhile...gonna have to pull it out of the vault sometime soon.


@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Used to really enjoy Jackson Browne, especially the first 2 albums. David Lindley with some nice slide guitar work on his stuff. Already Gone always one of my favourite Eagles tunes.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Bobsyouruncle @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 

I'm only 20 minutes into this bio.  I had no idea Glenn Frye and Don Henley (and Jackson Brown) cut their teeth as the backup band for Linda Rondstadt.  Nor did I know that prior to that they received a leg up from the likes of Bob Seger (Glenn Frye played guitar and sang backup on Rambling Gambling Man)....and Kenny Rogers.  This is a very good bio (they haven't even gotten to the nitty gritty of things yet....all about the money).

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@Leafs rule @dlb eh


hey, if Kuli isn't in the plans after this year i'm all for moving him and Raymond for futures.  the Marlies Calder hopes would suffer with the loss of Holland and Ashton but i think they'll have to prepare for that anyway.

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until we get better players, it's a 4th line that give the coach a PK and can play 2/3's in a defensive manner any time.

Smith played well before hurt.  not fast, but he was on a line that was able to grind out a forecheck and create scoring chances.  he can shoot, as can the other two.  they'd get some big assignments, and someone from the 4th line could spell Smith at any time if it's too much.

not tough, but functional in a playoff atmosphere.  and after the Oly's it'll start to resemble playoff hockey a little more as goons play less and teams look to stretch out their lineups.

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heck, if completely healthy, i'd consider sending Ashton and Holland to the Marlies again. thinking future. happy to move a player to make room to bring them back up. and that's mostly based on the contributions from Bodie and Smith pre-injury.





Orr, McLaren

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___-Bolland-Clarkson  (Ashton/Holland/Smith)

Raymond-McCLemment-___  (Bodie/Orr/McLaren)


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i'm not sure...who would be the first one in?  Raymond doesn't seem to like skating fast unless he knows there's a carrot at the end of the race for him.  he likes to be the third forward high, but not necessarily the first forward back.

i liked him when he was earning the contract, because he was going hard a lot, and using his skills to create space and move the puck.

i think his value right now is as a penalty killer, and as a checker who plays with players who can't score, where he's counted on to generate some stuff on his own, and then benefit having them backing him up and driving the dirty areas of the ice.

having said all that, though, those three might be good together because they'd still be tough to one-up as a group.  maybe try them just to keep other lines together, but i'd rather see Clarkson with Bolland one day.  ramble on lol

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definately.  i can see him doing well on the Marlies sooner than McKegg was able to, but i assume he'll need a couple years to grow stronger.

Josh Brown is a big solid defender, and on one shift he neutralized him quite efficiently.   efficient...that's a good word to desribe Connor Brown in regards to his puck possession.  he works hard and is always moving, and he plays so much...he must be efficient there too.

but against bigger and stronger and faster players i'll be interested to see how he does.  if he plays with good players he'll make them better.  if he plays wiht Broll and Biggs types then he might make them better.

i just don't know how much his size will hinder him, because he just doesn't suffer at all in the O but it's a big difference.  i'd bet on his heart.

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seriously.  my pleasure.

i got to watch Verhaeghe earlier in the year and wasn't disappointed...but he didn't impress like Connor did.  Erie has a solid team, but they all look to their captain to lead them and he does.