Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My first game at the ACC this seaon is a win

Last season I went 7-1 when attending Leafs games at the ACC. So it's a little late but off to a good start. This was a game the Leafs had to win considering Carolina is in last place in the East. The Leafs only squeaked by needing a goal in overtime to get the win. It wasn't pretty folks.

Good - This was Tim Connolly's best game this season. He showed a good nose for the net as he scored two goals. This first was a deflection of a Clarke MacArthur shot. The second in overtime was the result of a rebound in the crease as a result of Joffrey Lupul crashing the net with the puck.

Bad - That was a pretty boring game. Although Cam Ward looked great, the rest of the team did not. Not much happened for 56 minutes until the Leafs scored. Then over a span of 5 minutes 3 goals were scored.

Good - Dion Phaneuf played a very solid game with 5 hits and 5 shots. He is using his stick much better to block passing lanes and rarely puts himself out of position with high risk hits. He's the real deal now.

Bad - Penalty killing was almost the goat again. The Leafs killed the first two penalties but on the third PK with less than 2 minutes remaining, Ponikarovsky was left alone in the front of the net to put the tying goal behind Reimer. You've got to better than that against the 25th worst powerplay in the league.

Good - Reimer had a shutout going for 58 minutes. Although he only faced 19 shots, he made some excellent save for his first win since coming back from his concussion or whatever kept him out of the lineup for 6 weeks.

Bad - Secondary scoring continues to be an issue as long as Nik Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski are firing blanks. There are 6 forwards with 2 or fewer goals. That translates to well below 10 goals for the seasson.

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