February 19 2013 09:37PM
It was an uncharacteristically slow pace for a game involving the Tampa Bay Lightning, or perhaps I've been swayed by a bias because their games are usually high-scoring. There wasn't a lot going on for either team, a slow first period and a slow second period ended up having a pretty fun ending thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs pressing with the empty net, but ultimately the Leafs dropped their first game in three outings with a 4-2 loss to the Bolts.
The difference may have been Ben Scrivens' first two mistakes on the season. Alexander Killorn and Matt Carle both scored on long, unscreened point shots misplayed by Scrivens. Neither him nor Anders Lindback were overwhelming on forward shooters—much of the reason for the low shot total in this game, 25-19, was the result of missed nets and blocks.
February 19 2013 12:45PM
I'm at a loss for words to explain Toronto's run of good fortune lately. Not only have they been generating scoring chances at a rate far higher than you would expect from their shot totals, but a good number of those chances are going in, especially lately.
Toronto has won six games out of their last seven, a blemish only against the Carolina Hurricanes. In those seven games, the Leafs have out-chanced their opposition 92-86, which isn't horrific domination. They've out-scored their opponents 24-9 in the process, which is horrific domination. A lot of things right now are clicking for Toronto, especially the goaltending. Ben Scrivens has come in and been lights-out.
February 19 2013 12:27PM
Back to back shutouts make me get amped and bust out medieval weapons!!!
So the Leafs are good. Here's me talking about them.
February 19 2013 10:01AM
(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLInteractive)
I wanted to try something a little different, so this is a bit of an experiment. It didn’t turn out as well as I thought, but it’s a start and may end up leading to better analysis in the long run so bear with me.
I've been playing around with voice to text software, in an effort to make notes easier and especially to take advantage so I don't have to take my eyes off the game. What I tried to do here is just talk my way through last night's Leafs and Panthers game. I’ve restricted edits to spelling mistakes and player names. One element I do regret is not pointing out the time of these thoughts. That may be the next step.
February 19 2013 08:29AM