Thursday, October 14, 2010


It's been 11 years since the Leafs last won their first three games to start a season.  To add dramatic effect, let me put it another way.  The Leafs last won three games to start an NHL season, last century!  Last night the 2010-2011 Toronto Maple Leafs completed a hat - trick of sorts, going 3 - 0 to start the season.  As I write this, I still can't believe it! This win was a hard fought road win, as the Maple Leafs held off their toughest opponent to date, the Pittsburgh Penguins, by a score of 4 - 3.  Let's be honest, we knew we were destined to win this game when Colton Orr deflected a shot past Fleury to gain the 1- 0 lead. As a team, if you don't pounce on such a rare occurrence it would be a shame.  The Penguins capitalized on a shaky start by Gustavsson, to take a 2 -1 lead to end the first period.

The Blue and White found themselves behind in a game for the first time this season.  Have no fear, because Superman came to the rescue.  Yes Leafs Nation, Superman exists.  He's not from Krypton, he's not a mild mannered reporter, and he can't fly.  He's from Alberta, he's a hockey player, and he can score.  His name is Clarke MacArthur, and his two goals last night, give him four on the season, and propelled the Leafs to victory.  Francois Beauchemin also scored. For a team that many "experts" claimed would have trouble getting secondary scoring, it's interesting to note that all of the scoring last night came from the second and fourth line.  The other catalyst for the third consecutive win was goaltending.  It would be fitting, at least for one game to change Jonas Gustavsson's nickname from "the monster" to "Batman", because he certainly snuffed out he Penguins criminal plans to halt our winning ways.  Especially the cross crease pad save in the second, as well as the entirety of the third period.  The Toronto Maple Leafs will now face off against the NHL equivalent of a hemorrhoid, Sean Avery, when they play the New York Rangers on Friday night.

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