LEAFS POSTGAME: The (Other) Blue and White Win At Hockey

Man, Connor McDavid is good. he’s played seventeen fewer games than Mitch Marner and twenty fewer than Dylan Strome, yet he’s only twelve points back of the scoring lead. It would have been really nice if this tank could have started sooner, but with games like tonight, there may be hopes for the lottery balls yet. Needless to say, the Leafs lost again.

The Rundown

This game went downhill almost immediately, with Nikita Kucherov opening the scoring for Tampa Bay just four minutes in. No Leafs skater came close to covering his spot on the right wing; all opting for the left side or being as close to Bernier as possible. This gave Kucherov all the time in the world to rip one top shelf. Things didn’t get much better as the period progressed, as Eric Brewer seemingly forgot that he hasn’t played for the Bolts in a while and tipped Ryan Callahan’s slap pass in.

David Booth gave the Leafs a bit of hope during the second period, wrapping up a nice deke and pass by Peter Holland to score Toronto’s first of the night. It was the only one we saw until the third period, where Vladislav Namestikov and Alex Killorn quickly came in and widened the gap to 4-1. Richard Panik added one more for the Leafs with two and a half minutes to go, but they got.

Blue Warrior

I’m going to go with Panik, if only for the fact that he scored against his former team, and I think that’s great. He’s proved himself to be more than worth the waiver pickup over the past few months.

Notes

This season will be over soon, I promise.

Also, the Bolts wore black and white tonight, so this title is, for once, inaccurate.

  • MatsSundin#13

    Sill and Lindstrom had 7:49 and 9:04 TOI tonight, respectively. Meanwhile, every single player on the Lightning played at least double digit minutes, with game-winning goal-scorer Namestnikov rounding out the bunch with an even 10:00. How does this happen to the Leafs every game?!?!?! Are other lines taking too long of shifts? Is Horacek not running all four lines? There were power plays and penalty kills tonight, but Sill even played a portion of a pk and he’s still under 8 minutes. Until the Leafs get everybody into the game with faster and more energeting line changes, the tank is gonna keep rolling.

    • MatsSundin#13

      WE can only hope it keeps rolling. You think Peter has contacted Randy Carlylitis per chance as illustrated by his not using everyone over 10 minutes.
      How come there isn’t more coverage of the corsi and fenwick that I’m now shaking hands with.

      • TGT23

        Know what would be interesting, and maybe someone knows where we might find this, a list of the average ice time per game of teams 4th line.

        I’m looking at the LAK/MTL game and each team had three players play under 10 minutes, the Islanders had three but Nashville had none.

        I think it’d be interesting to see that. To see if the “you need four lines” thing is as important as we might think. And in the playoffs, I wonder if it changes and by how much…

        Oh, and what’s48years, I don’t understand your question. If you reword it maybe I can answer it for you. Since we’re on more cival ground these days.

    • MatsSundin#13

      he has no choice. the bolts have 3rd and 4th lines that could be their top 6. the leafs have literal garbage on the 4th line and he obviously doesn’t play holland because he actually good hence why bozak still gets prime time minutes. they’re showcasing them for the offseason. we should be happy about this! leafs had a palat-johnson-kucherov line a few years ago. they chased them away for nothing thanks randy and nonis!

      • MatsSundin#13

        Ok I see your point – I do agree that is important to showcase Bozie for other teams that may want to acquire him. I am just secretly hoping the Leafs keep Sill as a 4th line guy as he seems to actually add character as well as energy. I am huge fan of our former triplets line, going back to playing Grabovski in NHL 06. Roll Tank Roll!

        • Poluza

          sill is very bad. why would we keep a useless “character” 4th liner that creates “energy” when we have orr/fml in the marlies… hmmm… maybe we should keep him for the tank for the next few years. need to be as bad as possible. have to out-awful the basement dwellers for another top pick.

  • MatsSundin#13

    Okay, okay, its a full moon and maybe the head line is right the leafs played the Flyers. Well it is known as the Sap full moon.

    Good defeat for the buds as Arizona beat the Canuckleheads this evening. This new guy is no Carl Brewer for sure.

    Western Canada truly is looking forward to the travelling circus coming to town next week.

    Stay tuned for the biggest soap opera out there as the stomach turns brought to you by pepto bismol, gaviscon, nexium or what the hell stomach product that will help you get through the remaining 17 games.

  • MatsSundin#13

    great for panik but what about booth?! he’s played very well during this awful stretch and just broke his 31 game goaless drought. he opened the scoring for his team. holland would have been my second choice because he set booth up, was defensively solid and got feisty but booth is the blue warrior hands down. he finally got rewarded for his great play because he’s been so snake bitten. phaneuf had a great game as well. got another point and was defensively sound. brewer-robidas are runner ups as blue warrior because that pairing is driving the tank.

    • MatsSundin#13

      Truly a fine, fine tank that will be rolling into Western Canada next week. Three games in four nights should see this tank get stuck in the tar sands.

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