Thursday, October 20, 2011
KESSEL & LUPUL TAKE FLIGHT AS LEAFS GROUND JETS IN SHOOTOUT!
I've been to quite a few games in my life time. I've seen regulation wins and just about every type of loss imaginable. Be it in regulation time, over-time, and the opposing team tie the game late to win it in the shootout. At yesterday's game against Winnipeg, for the first time live, I saw the Maple Leafs come back from a two goal deficit and win the game in a shootout.
As usual, the Leafs started slow out of the gate. That slow start extended through the first two periods, where a pitiful grand total of 12 shots was amassed. Of course, two former Leafs Antropov and Wellwood, (the NHL equivalent of Borat and Richard Simmons respectively), notched assists on two of Winnipeg's goals. The Leafs power play which has been as unsuccessful as finding water in a desert, erupted for two goals 27 seconds apart to tie the game before Matt Frattin scored the shootout winner. Kessel and Lupul were a dynamic duo on the ice. Kessel tallied a goal and two assists, while Lupul scored twice (breaking the net cam on his first goal). John-Michael Liles had a good outing with two assists. Jake Gardiner returned to the lineup and was the Leafs best defense man logging 25:09 in ice-time. Goaltender James Reimer allowed 3 goals on 29 shots but was perfect in the shootout.
Colby Armstrong suffered a lower body injury and will miss tonight's game against the Boston Bruins. It's being reported that Nazem Kadri will be called up to fill his spot.