Things got off to a rough start, but the efforts of Mikhail Grabovski and James Reimer locked things down over the final two periods, giving the Buds a 5-3 win at ScotiaBank Place. Obviously, it’s still preseason, but there’s still plenty to pull from a game like this.
- Can’t really fault Reimer on the 1st or the 3rd goal, but he looked awfully shaky for a bit there in the first. Reimer’s best trait is the fact that he is damn near unflappable, and by midway through the 2nd, he looked just fine. Came up with a couple big saves late before the game was iced away.
- Glad to see the MGK line is up and running as usual. Nikolai Kulemin’s goal was a great individual effort, and Grabovski had himself one hell of a game. Leafs Nation breathed a collective sigh of relief when he came back on the ice after a brief stay in the locker room.
- Speaking of that hit – I’d expect Neil to be getting a call from Mr. Shanahan today, if he hasn’t already.
- I’ll give the edge to Matt Frattin over Nazem Kadri based solely on last night’s performance – all around, I think it’s a tough call. Kadri still has those dumb unnecessary moments every now and then, while Frattin comes with an NHL-ready body, and might be a more typical 3rd-line power forward.
- I like Darryl Boyce over Phillipe Dupuis to start the year.
- How old does Sergei Gonchar look? If last year wasn’t bad enough for him, this season could be worse. On the flip side, there’s going to be some really talented young players coming out of Ottawa in the next few seasons. Mika Zibanejad looks like he could be the real deal, Jared Cowen’s gonna be real solid, just to name a couple.
Game in 6: