So, here’s my position on tanking; no matter how bad you’re going to do, you’re going to win a game or two. We’ve seen teams tank so hard that the league has considered stepping in and still win a handful of games. It happens; teams don’t try as hard, bounces go your way, you know the deal. So naturally, I’m in favour of the Leafs losing a bunch but especially in favour of their rare wins coming against the Montreal Canadians. Because, you know, beating the Habs is better than being successful. If you lose, whatever, it’s a big zero points and you move on to the next loss.
Of course, the Leafs found a way to screw that up tonight.
The entirety of this game’s goals came within forty seconds of each other, and they happened quite early to boot. Daniel Winnik opened the scoring with a wide open wrist shot from just above the hashmarks, easily beating Carey Price. Tyler Bozak took a hooking penalty on the next shift, however, which lead to a Habs powerplay, where Brendan Gallagher picked up a loose puck and backhanded it into a more or less wide open net to tie the game.
From then on, it was a pretty even affair that saw both goaltenders play at their best. It dragged past regulation and into overtime, and then eventually into a shootout. While Mike Santorelli was able to convert, Tyler Bozak and James van Reimsdyk couldn’t do the same, which after two goals against, lead to the loss.
Gotta go with Jonathan Bernier. That Gallagher goal was a bit of a mad scramble that he can’t be really faulted on, and he looked pretty damn good beyond that.
- David Clarkson played for what, two or three shifts? If this was the game where he meant tos how his value, he didn’t accomplish anything. He had two fights and injured Sergei Gonchar with a reckless hit. The team didn’t generate anything with him on the ice other than a chip on Montreal’s shoulders.
- Leading the possession race for the Leafs tonight were Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson. Both gentlemen had sixty percent of the attempted shots go in their favour when they were on the ice.
- On the other hand, Korbinian Holzer and Stephane Robidas was an unmitigated disaster of a pairing, ending up at about fifteen percent Corsi For. That’s… really bad. Like, significantly below anybody else who didn’t get thrown out of the game after two minutes of ice time.
- Richard Panik with another point tonight, bringing him to three assists on the year. I’ve never really cared about goal to assist ratios, but if they get out of hand, it looks weird. This brings him closer once again.
- On the other side of things.. how did PK Subban not get a star tonight? He played nearly 36 minutes and was probably the best skater on either team. Nonsense.
- The Leafs return to the ice on Tuesday, when they take on the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.