The Leafs improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over the hometown Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night. It was a sloppy first period for the Leafs as they had trouble in their end early and gave up a goal to Brayden Schenn after Vincent Lecavalier set him up beautifully. The Leafs would capitalize though as Phil Kessel would bury one by Steve Mason in the second frame. Two goals byDave Bolland would give the Leafs the eventual 3-1 win as they head home to face the Ottawa Senators this Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. Here are some thoughts on the game:
Jonathan Bernier is a stud
In his first game as a Maple Leaf, newly acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier was stellar, making his case to be the full-time starter. He made 31 saves for the win and kept the Leafs in the game early on. He made some key saves when the leafs were shorthanded and saved the lead as he stoned Wayne Simmonds on a penalty shot that could have given the Flyers the 2-1 lead late in the second.
Ranger looked rusty
Paul Ranger looked like a player who was playing his second NHL regular season game in four years. He made some costly mistakes, but he definitely wasn’t the only Leaf who can be accused of that. It looks like he’s still shaking the rust off, but hopefully he can return to the player he was and get back to being a solid, all-around defenseman.
Big Goal Bolland
Big goals seem to follow the guy wherever he goes. Dave Bolland played a great game and scored the game-winning goal. He had five shots on net and looked solid in the third period driving the play whenever he could. The Leafs don’t expect Bolland to score all the time, but goals from the third line always help, especially when it looked like the Leafs were out of it. The Leafs paid big money for Bolland so hopefully he can show his worth through 82 games.
The Leafs have horrible taste in post-game music
According to a tweet from Matt Brigidi the Leafs post-game locker room music was pop star Miley Cyrus’s “We can’t stop”. I’m betting that it was Tyler Bozak who chose that song. He so would. Anyway, the Leafs head home for their home opener this Saturday against the Senators.