With game one in the books, we’ve seen play tighten up and the goaltending prove the difference maker to the tune of four shutouts and only 27 goals in the eight opening contests. It’s not as though we expect much less from Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Marc Andre Fleury but we’ve seen some pretty conservative hockey so far that has allowed the goaltenders to take over.
The Canadiens certainly picked up where they left off last playoffs; heavily outchanced but winning games thanks to team defence, opportunism and a hot goaltender. After scoring three minutes into the first, the Habs defended the lead for the remainder of the 60 minutes by reverting into something resembling a 1-4. Laugh at Ron Wilson all you want for his “2-3 piece” assessment of the Leafs‘ distance from contention but – while it’s obviously quite earlyÂ – there is still no saying how far one can go with an effective system backed by strong goaltending, particularly in the East. I suppose we’ll see how it shakes down from here.
Links after the jump.
â€œThey have a great goalie over there. And they know that in the playoffs you can ride a hot goalie.â€
-Bruins rookie Brad Marchand
Chemmy over at The Leafs Nation with a review of how the goaltending situation unfolded this past season.
Damphousse has been charged with six counts of assaulting his spouse.
Darren Thompson, the 35-year-old Albertan Leafs fan behind the “Own the Leafs” initiative, has attracted over 7,000 pledges and actually attended a meeting with ownership representatives earlier this week. It’s not like the NHL would sell to such a large ownership group even if he ever got there but it’s a fun thought nonetheless.
An in-depth report on the Team Canada roster for the upcoming World Championships in Slovakia later this month. Sounds like Dave Nonis is banking on picking up another goalie after round one but Reimer still has a shot at some starts.
Surely it’s not sustainable? We said that last year I fear.
The Sabres take a 1-0 series lead with a game one win by the same score.
The Sharks take the 1-0 advantage over the Kings.
Miller, Price and Pavelski get the three star honours from Puck Daddy.
After Whitey helped set up the opener, Stoll knocked him out of the game with a filthy hit (from my viewpoint) from behind. Stoll could clearly identify the numbers but choose to drive White’s head into the glass and then pin him there anyways. Seems like a good time for the league to send a message and show it means business; this dirt shouldn’t fly in the playoffs either.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
Kenny Ryan chipped in with a goal in a 6-2 Windsor rout over Saginaw in game four of the Western Conference semi-finals. The series sits tied 2-2.
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