Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hello Big Ben and good bye Monster

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After tonight's Leafs game, how long will it take for Ben Scrivens to take away Jonas Gustavsson's job as back up to James Reimer? It won't be soon enough for me.

Scrivens was nothing less than brilliant as he faced 29 shots and only let one by. On the other end, Steve Mason was pulled once again as the Columbus netminder let in 4 goals on just 11 shots. Goaltending was the difference as the Leafs racked up another win to take the East Conference lead. Unlike last season November is looking much like October.

Let's keep things in perspective. It's only one game but a great start to an NHL career. As well, he is 25 years old which makes him the second oldest goalie in the Leafs system (only Gustavsson is older).

Earlier in the season Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul were carrying the team. Now the Leafs are the second highest scoring team in the NHL and finding scoring all through their lineup. Right now Clarke MacArthur is hot scoring his 6th goal in 5 games. In addition, recent call up, Joey Crabb has scored 2 goals in just 2 games.

The Leafs now have the most wins in the NHL (9) and points (19), the leading scorer, Kessel (21) and the co-leaders in +/-, Kessel and Lupul (10).

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