Jonas Gustavsson has allowed 17 goals in his last three starts. If he wants to remain an NHL goaltender for much longer, he seems to be confused about how to go about doing that. There were several goals scored tonight that would be unfair to blame on him, but that fifth goal was absolutely brutal, and that’s one bad goal too many for a guy fighting to remain in the league.
To say that goaltending was the difference tonight would be disingenuous to say the least, but the disparity in talent between the pipes sure didn’t help, either.
Ron Wilson said prior to the game that he expected this to be a tough night, and boy, was he ever right. It’s true that the Leafs played last night, and had to head right over to Boston without a practice, but Gustavsson shouldn’t have been tired, and there’s really no excuse for allowing six goals.
If we’re looking for bright spots (and here, we’re really reaching), Jake Gardiner looked good in the third period as he lead the rush deep into the Bruins’ zone, and made a slick pass to an incoming Mikhail Grabovski for the Leafs second goal.
David Steckel also managed to pot his first as a Leaf, with Kadri and Phaneuf assisting to open the score. Phaneuf, despite not having a strong game, continues a great run of offensive production, while Kadri picks up his first point in his first game.
After Tyler Seguin scored (his third point of the night) to make it 6-1 Boston, Leafs fans were treated to a "Thank you, Kessel!" chant, that we’d have to politely return with our own "Thank you, Seguin!" sentiments. Kessel ain’t looking so bad right now, although we have to admit that Seguin’s 8 points in 7 games isn’t looking shabby, either.
I really don’t have anything much else to say about this game. On to Montreal.