Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank you Kessel

The dominant story today was whether the Toronto Maple Leafs’ are looking to sign goalie Marty Turco, who is now 36 years old and out of hockey. Brian Burke denies any interest in Turko who was pretty mediocre last season for Chicago. But no one knows when James Reimer will return from the head/neck/upper body injury. Ben Scrivens and Jonas Gustavsson lack experience and consistency which means Burke is certainly considering Turko who will not cost the Leafs a prospect or draft pick. Stay tuned. Tonight started like previous games, with shaky goaltending.

Good - Phil Kessel had a tremendous game again to maintain his status as the NHL leader in goals and points. He played 26 1/2 minutes, more than Dion Phaneuf who leads the Leafs in ice time every night.

Bad - Another bad start which means the Leafs had to play catchup all night long. Scrivens was entirely to blame on the first goal. Phaneuf tripped over his skates at the Coyotes blue line leading to a 2 on 1. But on the second goal Scrivens misplayed a dump in.

Good - After the bad start Scrivens settled down and wasn't scored on until the shoot out. He made some excellent saves (33 in total) along the way and was the third star.

Bad - Offense is still sputtering but finally someone other than Kessel, Lupul or Bozak scored.

Good - The penalty killers were perfect although the Leafs had only two short handed situations.

Bad - Toronto also lost Clarke MacArthur to an upper-body injury in the second period. He did not return for the third period. Then Mikhail Grabovski left the game in the third after a neutral-zone collision with Hanzal.

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