Saturday, January 7, 2012

Maple Leafs feel right at home

The Maple Leafs have now won 3 straight games potentially turning the current home stand into a statement regarding their playoff prospects. The 4-3 win over Detroit starting off as a possible laughter but turned into a nail biter. You can never take the Wings lightly even with a 3-0 lead. The win lifts the Leafs into 7th place in the East and just a point out of 5th place.

Good - It's getting monotonous but the Kessel-Lupul combination were once again the best two players on the ice and as it turned out the 1st and 2nd stars of the game. Kessel scored his 24th goal on a penalty shot after being hooked from behind by Ian White on a breakaway. Lupul scored his 19th off a turnover by Henrik Zetterberg which turned out to be the winning goal.

Bad - Mike Komisarek returned from injury and as far as I'm concerned he wasn't missed. He somehow managed to finish the game a -2. No one on the losing team was a -2. I know Brian Burke will never admit to making a mistake but do they have to give this stiff 21 minutes in ice time?

Good - Once again Jonas Gustavsson was the difference. He stopped 37 of 40 shots and at times had a lot of company in his crease. This is the third game in the past week or so where he has faced 40 or more shots. The guy is doing it without much help. The question is when does James Reimer get back his net?

Bad - The Leafs really didn't deserve to win this game. After the first 10 minutes of the game, they were completely outplayed by the Wings. The Leafs only registered 2 shots in the 2nd period and only 8 shots in the last 40 minutes. But it's a win.

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