Sunday, October 10, 2010


This can't be real, can it?  The Toronto Maple Leafs are perfect to start the regular season, after winning their second straight game, this time against the Ottawa Senators. This feels like I'm either living inside a dream, like the movie Inception, or I'm living in an alternate universe, as seen on the television series Fringe. Either way, I'm staying asleep, or permanently moving to this alternate earth.  The Blue & White didn't simply beat their provincial rivals, they slaughtered them. In what seems to be a new trend, the Leafs scored two quick goals, jumping out to an early lead. Nikolai Kulemin was the beneficiary of some great fore checking by Mikhail Grabovski, and Clarke MacArthur, and just squeaked a goal past the opposing goal line. Phil Kessel pounced on a rebound of a Kris Versteeg shot, to bank his second goal of the season. To keep the trend of two's going, Clarke (Superman) MacArthur scored his second goal of the season, adding to the lead. Great puck movement on the power play finally paid off, as Tomas Kaberle pounded a shot towards the net that Versteeg deflected, for his first goal as a Maple Leaf. Persistence and video review gave Tim Brent his second goal of this young season.  Ottawa capitalized on a lucky bounce to put the final score at 5 - 1.  To put it simply, the Maple Leafs dominated this game.  They out shot the Sens 38 - 18, and made use of their special teams.  In the first 2 games, the team has gotten scoring production from its top three lines, been perfect on the penalty kill, played solid on defense, and have benefited from great goal tending.  Sure, it's early, but the team is sitting in first place in the National Hockey League standings.  Leafs Nation should be happy and relish in this dream like start, for however long it lasts. The Leafs will look to channel their inner Batman as they look to thwart the dastardly Penguins on Wednesday night.

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