GIF: Morgan Rielly beats Lightning’s Vasilevskiy with clinical wrist shot

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Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Even in the midst of a thoroughly depressing Toronto Maple Leafs season, a sublime talent like Morgan Rielly can score a goal lovely enough to make even the most hardened, cynical Leafs fan smile.

Early in the third period of Tuesday night’s Maple Leafs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rielly took a-cross seam pass from Nazem Kadri, out-waited Andrey Vasilevskiy with the patience of Job, and beat the young Russian-born netminder with a perfectly placed wrist shot.

Click past the jump to see the highlight.

Here’s the lovely play:

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(Courtesy: TSN)

On a day in which a veteran Canadian sports writer described the Maple Leafs as the “least likable group of athletes I’ve been around” and no one disagreed, it was rather kind of Rielly, 21, to remind Leafs Nation that watching NHL hockey can indeed be fun sometimes. 

  • Maximum Taco

    The patience of Job??? Try having watched this team for the past 48 years. Now that is the patience of Job. Indeed a nice goal by Reilly as the leafs seemed determined to get the fourth pick which would likely mean missing Strom.

    But heh we have all seen this tune on many other occasions where the leafs get on a roll late in the year and the fans become excited about next season.

    People we are in a multi year tanking process.

    Give the leafs credit for beating a top ranked team as Tampa Bay. But some of the pundits are pointing out that this was the Lightning’s third game in four nights and the second of a back to back.

    Some would argue this is an excuse at this time of year but this is a classic illustration of why the leafs literally lose 6 to 10 points a year as they play the most back to back games of any team in the east year after year.

    The schedule was particularly brutal this year as on two west coast trips they played 3 games in 4 nights after flying to the west coast and thus moving through three time zones. But always, always remember with M.L.S.E. it isn’t about winning on the ice, no siree it is winning at the bank. Nobody is better than M.L.S.E. which is now up to $1.3 billion.

  • Maximum Taco

    Great shot. Happy for Reimer. Please stop winning. The Hurricanes have been losing a lot of their games and they keep starting Khdobin because he’s been bad this year. We need to tank.

  • Maximum Taco

    Great shot. Happy for Reimer. Please stop winning. The Hurricanes have been losing a lot of their games and they keep starting Khudobin because he’s been bad this year. We need to tank.

  • Maximum Taco

    Great shot. Happy for Reimer. Please stop winning. The Hurricanes have been losing a lot of their games and they keep starting Khudobin because he’s been bad this year. We need to tank. Start Bernier, give Sill more minutes and bench Kadri before we keep winning.

  • Maximum Taco

    Great shot. Happy for Reimer. Please stop winning. The Hurricanes have been losing a lot of their games and they keep starting Khudobin because he’s been bad this year. We need to tank. Start Bernier, give Sill more minutes and bench Kadri for Smith before we keep winning.