Sometimes the Leafs lose a game and it’s kind of like “meh, it happens.” Other times, like last night, it feels like your heart was ripped out and stomped on and thrown into a blazing inferno. OK, so it wasn’t as bad as Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs last year, but still, that was a pretty crappy way to lose. First, James Reimer gets bowled over by his own teammate, leaving the game and being diagnosed with “headaches” (P.S., that means “concussion”). Then the Leafs blow a two-goal lead in the third period and lose it on an embarrassing gaffe by Jonathan Bernier. That doesn’t “just happen sometimes”, that’s just some straight up lazy playing by the goaltender. At some point you have to move on and focus on the next game, and it doesn’t do a team any good to dwell on it, but hockey really sucks sometimes. Let’s hope Reimer is OK. On to the links:
The Leafs’ possession failures finally bite them in the butt. Recap from J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets.
Cam Charron’s post-game includes video of Josh Leivo’s first career goal and Bernier’s gaffe, if you missed them. From The Leafs Nation.
Today’s BTB has been brought to you by the number 8, as in “number of times the Leafs have allowed 30-plus shots in eight games this season.” From Jonas Siegel of TSN.
J.P. at PPP went through every game this season and counted rebounds created for both Reimer and Bernier. The difference in rebound percentage ended up being miniscule. So much for that narrative, MSM!
I haven’t seen an update from practice this morning yet but for goodness sakes Carlyle just sit him out! From Cam at TLN.
Pretty cool work by Benjamin Wendorf of Arctic Ice Hockey on compiling corsi numbers from old boxscores so we can see how teams did historically. Eric T. of SB Nation with the post.