Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Craig Anderson frustrates the Maple Leafs again

The lack of offense, is it hot goaltending by their opponents or ineffective scorers? I really can't tell. Did the Leafs make Anderson look good in their 3-2 loss to Ottawa? He certainly had frustrated Joffrey Lupul who has several good scoring chances buried by Anderson. Statistically you see the 39-21 margin in shots and you can see that Toronto had a territorial advantage but it didn't produce a win. In fact it is rare that the Leafs out shoot an opponent. They have up given up the 3rd most shots in the NHL this season.

Good - It was Matthew Lombardi's best game as a Leafs. Not only did he score the first goal of the game but he led the team in shots with 7 and was 8-0 on faceoffs. He was flying all night.

Bad - James Reimer just wasn't good enough tonight. The third goal was one that he should have had. Kyle Turris beat him on the glove side on a shot that did not look terribly difficult to stop.

Good - Jake Gardner played and Mike Komisarek did not. In fact, Gardner played over 23 minutes and was a +2 in a losing effort. That's pretty good.

Bad - To some extent the Leafs made Anderson look good. Out of the 39 shots he faced few were difficult. He was rarely crowded or screened in his crease. Many shots were from over 40 feet and with no screen they aren't going to beat a goalie like Anderson.

Good - Have to mention the penalty killing. Again they weren't scored against which makes it 7 straight games. Quite the turn around from the worst penalty killing team in the league. Yet they are still 30th in the NHL which tells you how bad they were prior to 2012.

Bad - Nick Foligno took Dion Phaneuf out at the knees and was called for clipping. It wasn't as bad as the Brad Marchand hit last week but it could have led to a serious injury. The Senators disagreed with the call so it will be interesting to see what Brenden Shanahan does about it. Later in the game Phaneuf took a little justice of his own but pummeling Foligno in a fight. Phaneuf took an extra 2 minute penalty but I thought it was worth it.

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