October 30 2011 08:20PM
Jonas Gustavsson played very, very well through almost the entire game, but wound up allowing an absolutely Toskalian goal at 7:08 of the third period to sink the Leafs. That said, even though such a weak goal wound up being the difference, the Leafs had far from their best outing tonight, and blame cannot rest solely on Gustavsson's shoulders.
The game started off well, with a power play marker from Clarke MacArthur coming at 11:20 of the opening frame, but the Leafs' effort rather troughed between that point and the MacArthur's next goal at 9:07 of the third. Certainly, fatigue could have been an issue, but even though the Leafs have played 3 games in 4 nights, it's never easy to settle for a loss to the Senators.
October 30 2011 03:19PM
After many requests, we’ve finally sat down and updated the standings in the Nation Network Hockey Pool.
October 30 2011 01:32PM
Another week in the NHL season is now in the can and as expected Phil Kessel leads the league in points, Nikolai Khabilbulin has the lowest GAA among goalies and the Oilers are in first place in the West. No, you haven't accidentally stumbled through a worm hole into a parallel universe.
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October 30 2011 09:25AM
-Scruffy believes in this team
The Leafs and Senators are both playing their second game in two nights with both teams securing a W last night. The Sens reeled off their 5th straight win in New York last night with a come from behind shootout win over the Rangers. While the Sens have been able to string a few wins together they are really riding the percentages and have been the beneficiary of a substantial amount of luck. They only have 3 regulation wins to the Leafs 6. Most of their goals have come in the third period and they have not played with a lead for long stretches this season. Somewhat surprisingly the Leafs are a perfect 4-0 this season when giving up the first goal. They may want to spot the Sens the lead to take them off their game.
October 29 2011 08:33PM
The old cartoon reference may be lost on some folks, but if you saw the game, you'd have to agree, anyway. Jonas Gustavsson played his best game so far this season, and helped hold down the fort in the third so the Leafs could come away with a 4-3 win. Sure, he was beaten three times, but he was most definitely not to blame on any of the tallies tonight. On the first goal, Dion Phaneuf missed his man, on the second, Mike Komisarek missed his, and the third was a rocket of a shot from Evgeni Malkin that any goaltender would have been hard pressed to stop, even if it wasn't a 5-on-3 penalty kill for the Leafs, with a heavy screen set up in front.
The Monster may not be a long-term answer in goal, but you've got to give credit where credit is due. Tonight's performance was full of highlight reel saves, and not because Gus was making acrobatic leaps to compensate for bad positioning. The Pens out-shot the Leafs 37-29, and goaltending was a key difference, as Brent Johnson started for the Pens.