The Leafs played a game that was not out of the norm and won. They were out-shot and yet found a way to score a bunch of goals and win, thanks to a crappy Islanders defense. The Leafs used a balanced offensive attack and cruised to a 5-2 in Toronto over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Phil Kessel ended his scoring slump in a big way by netting two goals on the night, both beauties and both while battling a flu bug.
Trevor Smith continued his strong play for the Leafs as he potted his sixth point in only 12 games with the Buds. David Clarkson finally scored his first as a Leaf as he took a Trevor Smith feed to snipe it past the Islander goaltender. It felt pretty relieving to see him score, he has been playing well but it sucked not seeing him produce until now. Hopefully we won’t have to wait 10-plus games for another Clarkson goal.
Jonathan Bernier played just as you would expect, stopping 35 of 37 shots and played with as much grace and calmness as the Leafs needed, especially since the Leafs’ players didn’t make life easy for him. He and James Reimer continue to be a reliable and constant force as the one-two punch for the Leafs who depend on them night-in and night-out.
The next Leafs’ game will be Thursday when they host the Nashville Predators at the ACC. It should be a winnable game since the Preds aren’t great. After that, the Leafs will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. A win on Thursday would be huge knowing the Caps are one of the better teams in the league, and should be a tough matchup.