The Toronto Maple Leafs go into the Olympic break with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The game began with the Leafs dominating the Canucks, but the momentum seemed to shift about half way through the first. This allowed Vancouver to strike first, putting the Leafs down 1-0 going into the second period.
No scoring would occur for either team in the second, leaving the Leafs down by one going into the third. The third period proved to be a huge one for the Leafs, with the team exploding offensively to score three goals in a span of about five minutes. The goals came from Mason Raymond, Phil Kessel, and James van Riemsdyk. The Leafs would hold onto their 3-1 lead and grab the two points.
Some thoughts on the game:
The first line does it again, racking up two more goals in this game coming from the likes of Kessel and JVR. When this line is hot, the Leafs are an extremely tough team to beat, as we’ve seen over the Leafs winning stretch. Canadians can just hope that Kessel and JVR won’t do this much scoring in the next two weeks over in Sochi.
Mason Raymond has been heating up recently, putting up the first tally for the Leafs in this game. This was his third goal in his last five games. Raymond is just one example of the secondary scoring that the Leafs have been getting lately, which has been key to their recent success.
The Leafs go into the Olympic break with an 11-2-1 record in their last 14 games, and will look to continue their winning ways when they return against the New York Islanders on February 27.