Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Payback time for the Leafs

The Maple Leafs must be big fans of Robert Louis Stevenson because of their ability to recreate Stevenson’s story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. On November 2nd the Oilers ran into the Toronto Jekylls, a rather nice and accommodating team that they were able to rollover in a 5-0 win. Last night the Oilers met the Toronto Hydes and they weren’t nearly as nice. The nastiness was on display in the second period when Colton Orr laid a beating on Zack Stortini. Here is what I liked about the game:

· J.S. Giguere wasn’t very busy but had a strong game and stopped all 8 shots from Taylor Hall including 2 on breakaways. Hall was the third star of the game but Giguere was deservedly the second star.

· The line of Grabovski-Kulemin-MacArthur had a strong game and controlled the puck well. They were rewarded with equal powerplay time with the Kessel line.

· The line of Kadri-Versteeg-Mitchell seems to be gaining some chemistry and was also very effective.

· The defense had another goal with Dion Phaneuf scoring his first goal of the season on a blast from the point. On Saturday Tomas Kaberle had his first goal of the season.

· Special teams were effective. The powerplay was 2 for 5 and the penalty killers were 0 for 4.

· Best aspect of the game was the Maple Leafs played a full 60 minutes and therefore did not have to dig themselves out of a hole.

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