Leafs Postgame: Montreal Shuts Out Toronto, Everyone Falls Asleep

You know those low-scoring games that contain exciting end-to-end action and excellently stingy goaltending? This was not one of those games.

The Rundown

bored

Besides a single goal from prolific non-goal scorer Dale Weise early in the second period, this game featured very little excitement. When both teams weren’t running each others’ goaltenders, they were playing back-and-forth hockey that resulted in a lot of offensive zone turnovers and very few real scoring chances. 

Even on the powerplay, both teams couldn’t generate a thing. Toronto went 0-3 with the extra man while Montreal went 0-6. I guess the Leafs penalty killing units deserve some praise this evening.

If there was anything to pay close attention to tonight, it was the battle of the pro tryouts. All four of the Leafs’ PTOs were in the lineup tonight, vying for one of those last few roster spots and contracts in the organization. If I was a betting man, it looks like Brad Boyes has the inside track on sticking around past the preseason. Curtis Glencross, Devin Setoguchi and Mark Fraser just haven’t done enough to impress.

Fake Overtime Rundown

It counted for nothing, but James van Riemsdyk had a beauty goal in the mandatory overtime when he carried the puck across the blueline, blew past Dale Weise on the outside and pulled back to the middle of the ice to tuck it under the crossbar for the “OT Winner”. 

This happened 44 seconds into the extra frame, so… yeah. That’s kind of it. 

Blue Warrior

We’ll give it to James Reimer, just because he made a good first impression early on in the game and no one else would be able to top that. Reimer made 20 saves on 21 shots – it was a good outing, but I wouldn’t say he’s any closer to stealing the starting netminder’s job away from Jonathan Bernier.

Tuesday Night Hockey

The Leafs will be back at it again on Tuesday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Tune into TSN4 for the 7:00pm puck drop.

  • SEER

    Justin the leafs and Habs did the Toronto sports fans a big favour with their paint drying performance as the millions and millions of Jays fans have been at a fever pitch, on the edge of their seat with every pitch the past couple of weeks. So yes a beautiful night of insomia curing was indeed welcome.

    Now more brutal than the so called hockey game was the abhorrent Paul Romanuk, who was correcting himself every two minutes. Seriously him and his partner simply went through the motions. Did Rogers actually pay him for that broadcast?

    My favourite Romanuk story occurred a number of years ago when he use to host a hockey show for the fledging new Team radio net work. He broadcast the show out of Gretzky’s in down town Toronto. The show came on Saturday afternoon out here in Vancouver and then was rebroadcast on Sunday at about the same time in the afternoon.

    Well one show Romanuk actually got excited and used the F bomb which was not censored.

    The next day the local goofs running the Vancouver station actually let the F bomb repeat itself.

    Now sadly Justin the younger generation of leaf fans have had very little to cheer about on the ice but you also missed truly some of the great broadcasters of the past. People such as Danny Gullivan and Jim Robson who would NEVER simply mail in a broadcast because it was an exhibition game.

  • SEER

    Well if you say so, I mean I expect a lot more out of a guy who’s getting paid double the money Reims is and has shown nothing that outstanding to say otherwise..I gues the new goalie helmet is maybe a bit to tight on that swollen ego or head I should say……lets see how Bernier proves you all right and turns into this unbelievable goalie..won’t be holding my breath for that one….

  • SEER

    Well if you say so, I mean I expect a lot more out of a guy who’s getting paid double the money Reims is and has shown nothing that outstanding to say otherwise..I gues the new goalie helmet is maybe a bit to tight on that swollen ego or head I should say……lets see how Bernier proves you all right and turns into this unbelievable goalie..won’t be holding my breath for that one….

  • TGT23

    Good job, Reimer. On a night that doesn’t matter you remembered how to stop a puck..

    Unlike Game 7, or during the collapse the next season you were in net for, or all of last season…..

    • SEER

      You need to get over the past, again it was not all Reims fault last I remeber he was on the ice with his team and to fault him again and again is simply childness you need to look ahead…..
      maybe being the pre-season doesn’t matter to you, but if your suggesting thats Bernier’s game on Friday doesn’t count and that it only matters when the games really begin, than your the one heading for a fall…that’s another difference between Reims and Bernier..Reims comes to play every game he is given good or bad when it counts or doesn’t, and to fault him for having that sportsmanship and desire to give it his all no matter what is pretty sad….didn’t hear u bad mouthing your boy after Fridays game..agaisnt the sabers yet………oh well another year of bsahing begins,,,, remember bud there’s a hell of alot of us Fans of Reims and were not going away….. to bad you and Bernier don’t run away together….

      Hopefully Babcock won’t show favour to Bernier and will give Reims his shots when he deserves it…after all he sat Howard and told him he had to earn his number 1 role back…

      Way to go Reims, to bad the team didn’t come to play too…..sounds familiar…

      • TGT23

        So, you can fault Bernier every game whether he plays or not till the cow’s come home but if I do the same to Reimer, the proven and statistically worse goalie, well that’s just childish…

        Hypocrite. I’m just being you but on the other side and you don’t like it. Too bad.

        Just because Reimer “comes to play” doesn’t make him good. He’s “come to play” to the tune of a .908 SV% the last two seasons. So what?

        But, yeah, Babcock should give Reimer another fair shot… So Bernier can beat him again and you can spend the year pretending Reimer didn’t get every opportunity to succeed AGAIN and failed AGAIN.

        Gonna be a long season for you making excuses.

  • SEER

    james reimer was the only good thing about this game. he was the only leaf that looked consistently good all game. that goal wasn’t on him. complete breakdown from the leafs to leave weise wide open alone in front. boyes is making this team. the rest are gone. glencross hasn’t stood out at all. hope setoguchi finds a place somewhere.

  • SEER

    I hope that Babcock told them to all watch the replay of the entire game, because they played the worst game of pre-season, yet… Terrible energy and commitment.. and defense… I hope they all see how little effort was given..

    BIG cuts coming today, or tomorrow morning.. My guess is, that Boyes will be the only PTO who “possibly” stays… (personally, I’d let him walk, too..) ALL the Marlies will be going back… Froese, Percy and Loov are maybes…