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

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

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James Reimer
WINNIPEG, MB - JANUARY 25: Goaltender James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save during the pre-game warm up prior to NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on January 25, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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


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


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?


@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.


@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


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


@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.


Can Eberle play both wings or only RW


[Jets up on the Hawks 2-1 in the 3rd


Why does ek have rumours of Gards for Gagner+

just doesn't make sense for the leafs

DeclanK moderator

@mike_84 The Leafs should want no part of Gagner. He's fucking awful.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Jmessih @mike_84 

He knows how to sucker people into giving him cash so he can run his website, other than that he knows shit.