Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won their fourth straight game of the regular season. In doing so, the Maple Leafs are off to their best start in 17 years. Is this a case of deja vu of 1993? Well I'll be damned if I'm going to be the one to jinx it by saying so, but these are fun times to be a Leafs fan. The Leafs didn't make the situation easy for themselves, as they gave up the first goal of the game for the first time this season. A heavily screened Giguere allowed the first goal, affording the Rangers the lead, despite the Leafs domination of the period. The Blue and White continued their domination in the second period, and scored three unanswered goals to gain the lead. Clarke MacArthur tied it, after tapping in a shot that was seemingly sitting on the goal line. The goal gives MacArthur five on the season. He also holds the record as the first player as a Leaf to score a goal in all of the first four games of the season. Mike Komisarek scored his first goal as a Leaf on a point shot, thanks to a pass from Phil Kessel. Kessel then put the Leafs up by two after taking a beautiful pass from Tyler Bozak, and slipping it past an outstretched Lundqvist. Complacency and a lackluster 5 on 3 attempt by Toronto allowed New York to tie the game in the third period. A beautiful reactionary right pad save by Giguere, guaranteed that this game would need an extra period. In the extra frame, Phil Kessel snapped a shot passed an unsuspecting Lundqvist on the power play to give the Leafs the 4 - 3 win. Kessel's three point night, Giguere's willingness to battle through adversity, and relentless puck pursuit were the keys to victory in this contest. I will be in attendance as the fantasic four look to complete the drive for five Monday night versus the New York Islanders.