Sunday, November 27, 2011

Balanced scoring is driving the current Maple Leafs winning streak

There are lot of positives when a team is on a hot streak. The Maple Leafs` earlier streak was a little bit deceiving because they were playing mostly non-playoff teams. There is still a little bit of that going on but to have a realistic shot at the playoffs you have to beat the teams you should be beating. One of those teams is the Anaheim Ducks.

Good - Scoring is coming from all through the lineup right now which means the Leafs are no longer dependent on Kessel and Lupul to win games. In fact the hottest player on that line is Tyler Bozak with another 2 goals tonight has scored 5 goals in the past 5 games. He has pushed both Tim Connolly and Mikhail Grabovski aside to win top line status and minutes.

Good - Another great game from Luke Schenn who clearly has turned his game around after a bad start that saw him earn press box status just a couple weeks ago. Tonight he was a leader in minutes (after former Ducks prospect Jake Gardiner), hits and plus/minus. He also scored his first goal since sometime last season.

Good - Team speed has been the hallmark of this young Leafs lineup. That speed was best demonstrated in Bozak`s second goal to make the score 4-1.

Bad - Nothing.

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