The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime last night despite blowing a 2-0 third period lead thanks to two shorthanded goals given up during the same power play.
Tyler Bozak scored twice – once on a second-period penalty shot and once in overtime after a nice feed from behind the net by Phil Kessel – while Jonathan Bernier had 35 saves for the Leafs, who won their first game in four tries since the Olympic break.
Partly due to the Leafs’ tight salary cap situation and partly due to Dave Nonis’ unwillingness to give up young players, prospects and picks (Way to go, Dave!), the team didn’t do anything on Trade Deadline Day yesterday. With that being said, many other teams in the Eastern Conference (Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, to name three) did improve thanks to some bargain deals. Will the Leafs’ inaction come back to haunt them during this crucial stretch of the season? James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail examines that question.
According to this rumour passed along by Jeff Veillette of TLN, Leo Komarov’s tendency to wear Leafs’ gear off the ice as a member of Dynamo Moscow has caused the KHL team to implement a new rule banning all players from wearing swag from any other hockey team. I love Leo.