It’s now been two games and JS Giguere has yet to allow a single goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf. The veteran netminder was stellar between the pipes once again tonight, blanking the streaking Ottawa Senators and bringing their franchise record 11 game win streak to an abrupt end. Giguere made 30 saves, and the Leafs chipped in with 12 blocked shots throughout the contest as they dominated the Sens in this one from start to finish.
Brian Elliott (who of course, was starting for my fantasy hockey team) was chased after 2 periods, having allowed 4 goals on 30 Toronto shots. Phil Kessel notched two goals, giving him 20 on the year, including a key goal late in the 2nd that really put the Leafs in firm control of the game. Phantastic Phil opened the scoring with a powerplay goal on the Leafs’ second opportunity of the game, and assisted on Tyler Bozak’s goal later in the 1st that put the Leafs up 3-0. Luke Schenn had 2 goals as well, both coming on bombs from just outside the top of the circle, and both beating the Ottawa keepers under the bar on the short side. The Leafs got an added boost after going up 1-0, as Colton Orr blasted Matt Carkner with a couple huge rights and sent the Senators’ enforcer to the locker room with glazed over eyes.
Taking nothing from the Monster, the Leafs simply look more confident with a stable veteran keeper in net. Schenn, in particular, has played exceptionally well in both games that Jiggy has started. Both goals he scored tonight were a result of him jumping into the rush, something he hasn’t done much of this season. All facets of the Toronto game clicked tonight. They got goals from their star goalscorer, they got a great effort in net from their keeper, the defense did its job to perfection, even the penalty kill looked good.
A good night for the Leafs, who had dedicated their performance tonight to the memory of Brendan Burke. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Burke family as they mourn their loss. The Leafs will have tomorrow night off before hosting the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
1. Jean-Sebastian Giguere (30 saves, 34th career shutout)
2. Luke Schenn (2 goals, 1 assist, +4)
3. Phil Kessel (2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots, +2)