February 05 2013 08:42PM
After two shaky games, Toronto went on the road and picked up their fourth win on the season away from the Air Canada Centre, playing their game against a weak opponent, capitalizing on their early chances and getting out of Washington with a 3-2 win.
There was a time, perhaps, when the Verizon Center was a tougher place to play. That's no longer the case. The Washington Capitals appear to have squandered the talent they had that had them as a contender each season, but other than Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro this evening, the forwards looked disinterested, the forwards looked sloppy, and Michal Neuvirth allowed a brutal goal to Korbinian Holzer that stood up as the game winner. Analysis below.
February 05 2013 01:07PM
Those damn Staals multiply like bunnies.
February 05 2013 12:01PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs enter a game on a two-game losing streak for the second time this season. The first time they did it, they escaped with a 4-3 dramatic overtime win over Buffalo with Matt Frattin as the hero. The Toronto Maple Leafs also enter a game against the Washington Capitals for the second time this season. The first time they did it, they escaped with a 3-2 dramatic regulation win with Matt Frattin as the hero.
The obvious conclusion here is that Frattin steps up in big moments, and against the Washington Capitals. That is called "narrative", gentlemen, a flimsy premise based on one or two pieces of anecdotal evidence ignoring all context surrounding the event.
February 05 2013 10:22AM
I don’t have the video available for last night’s Leafs game, but a point was made by the Sportsnet crew about Phil Kessel, getting to the goal after the game that triggered a spark.
Doug Maclean referred to the ‘turn back’ the act of stopping short and turning back with the puck while attacking which I think is a good thing. I feel that’s what Kessel has to do break the funk, change it up to catch defenses of guard.
Exactly what Phil Kessel shouldn’t be trying to do right now is forcefully score goals.
February 05 2013 09:20AM
The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they've given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games.
That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And so is Luongo. As I said last time, try and remember that the calendar is meaningless. Forget that it's January and just pretend that it's October.
The Canucks' start feels way better now, doesn't it?
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting there is nothing to worry about in Canucksville. In fact, there are always plenty of concerns. The last time I completely gave on my pessimism, they were up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. And we know how that turned out...