Thursday, October 27, 2011
Gustavsson has his best game in quite a while
I wouldn't say he was great but he certainly was good enough. The Leafs backstopped by goalie Jonas Gustavsson played a perfect road game. They held off a Ranger first period onslaught which included a lot of Ranger forwards crashing the net and were down just 1-0 at the intermission. They then battle back to take the game 4-2.
Gustavsson made some excellent saves but also let in a very stoppable goal between his legs in the first period. In the long run soft goals are a typically momentum killers. The Leafs also benefit from some calls that went their way. The Rangers had two goals disallowed in the first period because of Ranger players sanding in the crease. The period could have easily ended with the Rangers ahead 3-0.
The real worry is James Reimer who was placed on the disabled list. It seems whiplash isn't his only problem. He is also exhibiting concussion symptoms. That means his return is pretty much unknown.
Will the Leafs be able to maintain their momentum with Reimer injured? I hope so.