For the second straight game, the Leafs blew a one goal lead in the dying ticks of the 3rd period and lost in a shootout. The Leafs didn’t exactly play a great game but the Sabres looked awful until the last half of the 3rd. Here’s my thoughts on the night:
- No disrespect to any of the new Hall of Famers, but tonight should have been a raucous celebration in TO, with Doug Gilmour and Pat Burns getting their due. I’ll give the selection committee the benefit of the doubt that Gilmour’s maybe not a first balloter, but how does Burns not get the votes?
- I’m not tryin’ to be a bandwagon fan, but I don’t see how the Monster didn’t get the start after an incredible performance in Washington. J.S. Giguere looked shaky for most of the night, and although he came away with 29 saves, I couldn’t help but wish that Gustavsson’s long legs were stretched across the crease with 16 seconds left.
- Tough night for Clarke MacArthur. He had a couple great chances to score on his old team in the first period, including a breakaway off a nice feed from Grabbo, and he even blew a chance to make up for it in the shootout.
- Speaking of Mikhail Grabovski, he finally got his first goal of the year, and I thought he was the best player on the ice pretty much most of the time he was on the ice. Of course, that should ean he’ll play like garbage for the next month and a half.
- What sucks about having the second line play well is that the Leafs apparently have the inability to operate two functional scoring lines at the moment. Kris Versteeg needs to start scoring, or doing something besides look fancy when he’s coming through the neutral zone.
That’s all I got for now. Until next time, Go Leafs.