Saturday, November 20, 2010

Leafs done in by their special teams again

Well the Maple Leafs stretch of good hockey is now 4 games although they are just 2-2 in those games. However, when you're rebuilding it's one step at a time.

Jonas Gustavsson was once terrific tonight stopping 37 of 39 shots but was out played by Carey Price . Some of the saves by the Monster were in the difficult variety as the defense continues to cough up the puck. During the CBC broadcast it was mentioned that the Leafs lead the NHL in turnovers which only reinforces my opinion of the Toronto defense - over-rated.

The two Montreal goals clearly underscore Toronto's weaknesses. On the first goal midway through the second period, a shorthanded goal by Jeff Halpern, Mikhail Grabovski let Halpern go after being beaten on a faceoff in the Toronto zone, and then Tomas Kaberle neglected to cover Halpern going to net, leaving Halpern all alone to deflect Jaroslav Spacek’s point shot. On the second goal Mike Cammalleri buried a perfect pass from a blind backhand feed from Mike Komisarek on a penalty kill.

As long as the Leaf powerplay and penalty kill struggle, wins will continue to be hard to come by.

That's was a very nice tribute at the Bell Centre for Pat Burns. I wonder if they will do something similar on Monday night at the ACC.

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