Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Leafs lay a goose egg

Last night's 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers is one of those games where the young Leafs get a lesson about from one of the league's powerhouses. The Rangers controlled the game from start to finish and the Leafs rarely threatened. It was a classic road win and a pretty boring game. This is a league where size still matters and the smallish Leafs forwards were outmanned. I am sure it will be one of those things that Brian Burke is working on remedying.

Bad - The Leafs offense was AWOL last night. The team squeaked out only 20 shots on net and Marty Biron earned an easy shutout. Where there was a shot on net the Ranger defense was able to manage rebounds effectively.

Good - Another game where the Leafs' penalty killers did not give up a goal. They have been perfect in 11 opportunities over the past 6 games.

Bad - Watching Mike Komisarek is painful to say the least. He was a -2 last night and now is -5 since his return to the lineup 5 games ago. Brian Burke is loyal to a fault. Making this even more painful is finding out that after the game Jake Gardner was sent down to the Marlies. Just recently Matt Fratin was also demoted as the rookies are the casualties as the playoff race heats up.

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