Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tonight's 4-0 win over Winnipeg would have to be the Maple Leafs' best game of the season.  The weary Jets may have been a factor in this game but the speed of the Leafs skaters created havoc for the Jets for the entire game.

Not too much didn't go in favour of the Leafs.  They didn't take any dumb penalties, in fact, they didn't take a penalty until the 3rd period.  That penalty was successfully killed off the extend their streak of no goals against while killing penalties to 2 games.

Jonas Gustavsson wasn't spectacular, he didn't need to be, but he certainly was good. In the 3ed period he lost his stick and trapper but continued to make saves until he could retrieve his equipment.  With his heart problems now a memory, the Monster is developing into the type of goalie Brian Burke had hoped for when he signed the Swede 3 years ago.  He will earning more starts with games like this.

The combination of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul were lethal tonight and they teamed up for the Leafs first goal.  The newly formed line of Khadri-MacArthur-Lombardi were far too quick for the Jets defense to contend with.

Best of all the Leafs leapfrog from 10th place to the 7th.  Parity will keep most teams in contentioun for a playoff sport until well into the second half.

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