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.

Overtime

  • 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.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Boxscore

PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
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

  • lukethenuke

    My notes… the Jets are really fast and AGGRESSIVE on the puck. WOW. Other than that pretty even game, Jets probably deserved to win it but Reimer… cmon man, eweak games now for him back to back.. and this guy wants the starting job back?

  • Jon5200

    Hello montreal……bye bye montreal!!!!!!!!!!!  their not just getting beat…..but humiliated!!  I LUV IT…….

  • Zep2

    TO is now alone in 3rd in the East. On TSN pre game article, they have Leafs ranked 23rd.  No bias there 

    Strangely happy with tontines point . Leafs could have folded their tent but they didn’t. 

    Good nite folks

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Not very much in this world beats a piece of good salami.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan how about a Habs thread after being gong-showed?

  • BBirde

    Reversethecurse13 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan For the past 4 games.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Reversethecurse13 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Close…but I love good salami.

  • wendelsfist

    What does Randy mean in his interview by the leafs need to get on the inside?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Titties and beer is always good.

  • BBirde

    wendelsfist On the defense in front of opposition net?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    ingy56 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Ok…you win.

  • wendelsfist

    BBirde wendelsfist I think he said the leafs need to get on the inside of the play.  But I heard him say this twice

  • Reversethecurse13

    wendelsfist same reason why us getting outshot does not matter in context: because the middle of the ice is where quality chances come from, whereas near the boards, there is no danger.

  • Marlies Man

    wendelsfistBBirde Inside the refs’ wallets

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    wendelsfist  Be on the right side of the puck, between the opponent and the net basically. Franson got caught on the wrong side in his first period penalty. Had to hook because of bad positioning.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan ingy56 Shit, that was easy.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Refresh the page, had to do a bunch of updates.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    DeclanK 
    Nice work, brother.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    That was a long inning.

  • Marlies Man

    ingy56Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Titties and salami!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan DeclanK Thanks, man.

  • Marlies Man

    Did Ron McClean say Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in KISS?

  • Jay31

    Nice recap, good to see some Ashton love, I liked his game tonight. He’s no world beater obviously but a solid bottom 6er

  • DJBrianBurke

    Nice write up Declan. Agreed not sure what Gunnar was thinking, he barely throws any big checks and he decides to throw one from behind…after a goal? Not smart.

  • Reversethecurse13

    This recap didn’t pull any punches on Franson. It’s all valid, but what is the answer. He is tough to watch against good competition, but we know Randy: logic comes only with Nonis intervention or random epiphanies way too late.

  • Reversethecurse13

    i should say that it wasn’t mentioned how Franson shouldn’t be on PP1…yes, it goes without saying…and this is a Randy thing again…it’s just….fuck…Randy..

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    4th in the east eh…..not bad

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Reversethecurse13 I think it’s in there… I say it every day. Dion/Gardiner – Franson-Rielly would be a lot better, on the already good powerplay.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Jay31 We won 6 in a row, so the complains were subsided…but he should still be on the third line with Raymond and Holland, and Bodie on the 4th.

  • Reversethecurse13

    DeclanK Reversethecurse13 oh, i knowww you say it every day.

  • Optimustic

    Great to get a point.  I’m happy with 5 points on the road trip, but they didn’t come the way I had expected them to.   Hopfully the Habs are in the 18 wheeler this year.  :-)

  • Jay31

    Reversethecurse13 I think Carlyle looks at how Fransons leading the league in hits (or up there, anyway) and finds it easier to excuse his flaws, maybe.. He likes em physical

  • Marlies Man

    Detroit Rock City in LA?

  • Reversethecurse13

    I should say that it was another well-thought and well-written recap. Thanks, Declan!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Reversethecurse13 Thx man!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Optimustic 8pts out of 5 = .625 winning percentage. You’d take that over the course of a season.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Jay31 Reversethecurse13 Its because he never has the puck.

  • Optimustic

    Marlies Man I thought it was supposed to be Detroit Rock City.   The words have obviously been changed.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/427293339939905536
    Carlyle says plan was always to start Reimer: “We only have two goalies so it’s 50-50 & the kid, this is his hometown & he’d played well”

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Reversethecurse13 Jay31 ^ this

  • Marlies Man

    Oh Alyssa!

  • wiski

    Marlies Man where were they at the classic?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Marlies Man ingy56 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    MMMMmmmmm…..yummy!!

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/427293921144602624
    Carlyle didn’t like first two goals Reimer allowed & contemplated pulling him earlier, but wanted to give him chance to turn it around

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweetshttps://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/427294604321230848
    Portage le prarie native troy bodie scores a goal in his backyard on his birthday. Morgan rielly wonders if that’s been before. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • Optimustic

    DeclanK Optimustic Especially on the road against some tough teams.   The Jets always play well against us, but they’ve been playing well against all their opponents lately.

  • Tim Horton

    wiski what?

  • Wilbur

    Tim Horton wiski Before what?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Optimustic DeclanK 
    Ya, 102pts pace. They have a great home record, so hopefully they can continue this.

  • wiski

    Tim Horton wiski Home town boy scores on his bday on his homecoming