The Calgary Flames really needed a win tonight. While they sit second in the Pacific, they’re barely holding on to a playoff spot. But despite burning the Leafs by a score of 6-2 tonight, the Flames were not tonight’s biggest winners.
No, that honour belongs to the Leafs fans who decided to go out and spend their Friday evening with friends, family and loved ones. The fans who thought, “hey, I don’t need to watch the game tonight, I’d rather do pretty much anything else.” They’re the biggest winners tonight.
It was pretty ugly right from the get-go.
Johnny Gaudreau, Drew Shore, Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan all scored for Calgary in the first period, the latter two coming shorthanded. That’s right – Lance Bouma got a nasty knee out on Brandon Kozun and was ejected from the game, giving Toronto five minutes with the man advantage. The Leafs let the Flames score twice during that span. Richard Panik would tip a Rielly point shot in behind Calgary netminder Jonas Hiller, but the period would end with a 4-1 Flames lead.
In fact, the period was so bad, the Leafs really couldn’t wait to get off the ice.
The period isn’t even over and the Leafs are leaving the ice. pic.twitter.com/NuEibmh6gB
— Justin Fisher (@thejustinfisher) March 14, 2015
Calgary’s top line continued to run circles around Toronto’s defenders in the second period. Monahan would score his second of the game, and Jiri Hudler would add another. David Booth would respond for the Leafs, but the game would be pretty much out of reach after forty minutes. Calgary would carry a 6-2 lead into the third.
Both teams would coast to the end, with Toronto and Calgary combining for fifteen shots. Booth potted his second of the game, but that’s as close as the Leafs would get. 6-3’s your final.
Poor James Reimer. Six goals against on 28 shots, and a .786 save percent average.
It’s David Booth, who’s been on a hell of a tear ever since the Leafs didn’t trade him on the March 2nd NHL Trade Deadline. Booth’s two goals this evening extends his point streak to six games, with five goals and two assists over that stretch.
Seriously, you couldn’t have gotten a late pick out of this guy? Bah.
See You Tomorrow
The Leafs will be back at it again, this time with Nazem Kadri, tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks. Tune in to CBC at 7:00pm Eastern.