Wednesday, October 27, 2010
KESSEL AND LEAFS POUNCE ON PANTHERS!
There is no blog for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Quite frankly, I was disgusted with the effort and couldn't bring myself to write about it. However, for the sake of completeness, here's what you need to know. The Leafs didn't generate any offense, getting out shot 40 - 14. The Leafs only offense came from the usual suspects, Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur. Defensively the Leafs were atrocious in their own end committing far too many turnovers, ultimately leading to a 5 - 2 loss.
Speaking of too many turnovers, the Leafs next opponent was former teammate Bryan McCabe and the Florida Panthers. The Maple Leafs didn't play their best game of the season but fought hard, and dug deep to gain a valuable two points. Ron Wilson's line alterations seemed to spark the teams offense. The reformed line of Bozak, Kessel, and Kulemin, gave the Leafs the lead on the power play as Tyler Bozak finally scored his first goal of the season . Then in the second period after a ten minute technical delay, the Leafs seemed to slack off allowing Florida a power play goal of there own to tie the game. Mid way through the third period the hockey gods seemed to be smiling on the Leafs. Colton Orr had a Tim Brent shot bounce off his skate and in, as he was crashing the net. The play was clearly goaltender interference, but the officials didn't call the penalty, or call the goal back. I call that justice for the amount of times the Leafs got screwed by lackluster officiating last Monday against the Islanders. Late in the third period, after a really long shift, Phil Kessel took the puck and, skated past the remaining Florida defender faster then a speeding bullet, and snapped a shot seemingly more powerful then a locomotive, past Scott Clemmensen to save the win by a 3 - 1 score.