Leafs Post Game: Making Pat Proud

The Toronto Maple Leafs did a very cool thing and honoured Pat Quinn before tonight’s game. They also did another cool thing and ran the Washington Capitals out of the Air Canada Centre, defeating them by a score of 6-2.

The Rundown

The Leafs opened the scoring in this one with a shade under six minutes to go in the first period. As many looked to slow-to-get-up Nazem Kadri in the corner, Morgan Rielly threw a slapshot towards the Washington net. A few bounces later, and it was in the back of it. In the period’s final seconds, Cody Franson contributed another goal from the point, this time taking in a pass from Joffrey Lupul and firing it straight in.

Almost immediately after play resumed to begin the second period, Tyler Bozak deflected a shot from James van RIemsdyk to widen the gap further. Troy Browuer took advantage of a Stephane Robidas high stick to score a powerplay goal and break the shutout, but seconds later, David Clarkson added his seventh of the year. Bozak closed the period with another goal, once again finishing a JVR/Kessel play to bring himself to eleven on the season.

Washington beat Bernier once again in the third period, but that was as close as they’d get themselves. With three minutes and change to go, Joffrey Lupul added Toronto’s third powerplay goal of the night, securing a wide victory for the Leafs.

Blue Warrior

I’m torn, but I think I’m going to lean this one in favour of Jonathan Bernier. Unlike the Washington duo, who had some massive struggles, he stopped 35 of 37 shots. Toronto obviously had a lot of wiggle room tonight, but he definitely kept them in a position to win at all times.

Notes

  • Cody Franson’s goal came with 23 seconds left in the first period.
  • Tyler Bozak’s first goal came 23 seconds into the second period.
  • David Clarkson’s goal came 23 seconds after Troy Brouwer’s.
  • This was the Leafs’ 23rd game of the season.
  • The Capitals took 23 shots after two periods.
  • The Leafs took 23 shots in total.
  • The Capitals had a total of 23 penalty minutes.
  • Pat Quinn wore #23 for the Leafs.
  • If you watched the game or are aware of Gerry Dee’s twitter, you’ve seen the above 23 times.
  • Before Bozak’s second goal, JVR and Kessel had 22 combined assists. After, they had 24. WHERE DID TWENTY THREE GO?
  • I’m not a huge fan of Ovechkin’s hit on Leo Komarov. I don’t know what provoked it, but it was enough to send Leo to the quiet room, and it was definitely reckless and blindsided. I say this with Ovechkin being my favourite active player. Just not cool. Hopefully Komarov is totally fine.
  • The Leafs return to the ice on Tuesday, when they take on the Dallas Stars, in game two of a five game homestand.
  • DeSpy

    “Cody Franson’s goal came with 23 seconds left in the first period.
    Tyler Bozak’s first goal came 23 seconds into the second period.
    David Clarkson’s goal came 23 seconds after Troy Brouwer’s.
    This was the Leafs’ 23rd game of the season.
    The Capitals took 23 shots after two periods.
    The Leafs took 23 shots in total.
    The Capitals had a total of 23 penalty minutes.
    Pat Quinn wore #23 for the Leafs.”

    23-20=3……………. OMG HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

  • DeSpy

    Great report and I agree the blue warrior tonight was Bozak. I’m glad to see you finally got over hurt from Bozie blocking you ever since you went like fans do with Reimer’s wife on him on twitter.

    It is nice to see the bloggers unlike media guys like Simmons and Healy can be unbiased and admit when they got it wrong.

    • Bozak was definitely considered for the Blue Warrior, but Bernier had a phenomenal performance and I felt that deserved a bit more credit. Bozak has been Blue Warrior for multiple post games that I’ve done in the past and he probably will be again in the future.

      I’ve never personally attacked Tyler Bozak, and to my memory, didn’t tweet anything about his play directly to him to provoke him blocking me. Based off mine and other’s scenarios, he probably searches his name and blocks people who criticize him. Which is fine; I search my name and joke with people who talk shit about me.

      Tyler Bozak is currently scoring a lot of points with a fantastic player to his left and a world class player to his right. I’m one who likes a world where the Toronto Maple Leafs out-score their opponents and welcome contributions by any player that advance the mission statement. I have no further opinions on the player; I’ve tried to avoid this topic for over a year now because I’m neither as high or as low on him as people believe, but it’s not worth the aggravation to give opinions on the player and receive the ensuing feedback, which I inevitably get anyway.

  • Ben Wilson

    The Leafs look like a completely different team
    running four lines. This win was very business-like.

    The way they are playing this could be a very good
    home stand-
    So much up and down the line up there is no pressure on the first line or the goaltending to carry them.

    I really enjoyed watching Holtzer mistakenly sock the ref after another bad call against Robidas and the non call on the illegal hit on Komorov.

  • Corno4

    Carlyle also wore # 23.
    Franson, who scored tonight, won the Pat Quinn trophy, I think in the AHL.
    I’m pretty sure Quinn passed away on Nov. 23rd.
    It will be interesting to see if yet more references to “23” pop up.
    Too bad Trevor Smith didn’t score tonight but so glad the Leafs played well for Pat.

  • TGT23

    Fantastic game by Bernier, was very good, but I hope they sit him next game. He’s played nearly double the games as Reimer and I’d like to see him get a bit of rest earlier in the season. Going to need him later.

    It was so weird, I woke up as the game was becoming 6-2. It was like sensory overload.

    Clarkson now has 7 goals… It is November 30th… And I like Lupul is back strong with 2 points. Hope Leo is okay, though. Bozak had 2 goals, yay! He was even for the night… Oh…

  • BubbaLou

    Great game from the whole team – the result was never in doubt. Yeah they scored on the power play, but that happens. Yeah, they scored again in the third, but it was a fruitless endeavor. Most importantly – WE DIDN’T TURTLE. The team has a more “mature” agenda on the ice, if that makes any sense. Working for 60 minutes and all.

    I’m also slowly coming around on Tyler Bozak. He’s not the 1C Toronto wants, but he’s a 1C that’s working. Defensively, RC’s 1-2-2 backcheck puts Bozak way out of position a lot – Bozak sometimes does not help things when he glides his way back – and it contributes to the defensive liability of that line. But they are gunslingers – capable of nights like tonight where they can bury a game. RC has also shown more openness to try weird line combos and defensive pairings he never would have done last year – a lot of these mish-mash lines have done well, too.

    Most critically, in recent history the Leafs have done very poorly on sentimental nights and special occasions – for some inexplicable reason, the team just gets crushed(ex. Remember Sundin’s jersey retirement? Leafs go 0-5). Last night they gave Pat Quinn a proper salute with play that would make him proud.