Friday, October 28, 2011


What do the musical "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark" and the New York Rangers have in common? They both failed miserably opening night on Broadway!  While the Spider - Man play had a myriad of problems the Rangers issue was clear, a 4 -2 win by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs welcomed Tyler Bozak and Tim Connolly back into the lineup, however James Reimer is still recovering from whiplash symptoms and was placed on IR.  That meant Jonas Gustavsson got the call in between the pipes.  Despite being knocked into the net three times by Rangers forwards and letting in a shaky goal early in the game, Gustavsson played his best game of the season.  He made a spectacular glove save late in the first period, on his way to a 28 save performance.  After allowing the opening goal of the game, the Maple Leafs scored four unanswered goals from Matthew Lombardi, Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur and Mike Brown.  In addition to a goal, Mike Brown absolutely pummeled Rangers forward Kris Newbury with rapid fire fists during their second period fight. Tim Connolly played a straight forward game but didn't look out of place on the top line, creating several scoring chances.  Phil Kessel added an assists to his point scoring totals and Jake Gardiner got his third assist in his young NHL career.

Saturday night will feature a battle of the NHL's top scorers as James Neal and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in Toronto, to take on Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs.

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