Leafs Postgame: It was 3-1

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Lost in all of the re-branding hullabaloo was the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs played a hockey game less than an hour before. To be fair, there was a large stretch of this game where one shouldn’t have cared in the slightest. Heck, if you’re all-in on The Tank Nation, the end result was probably not one that made you stats-happy.

But there’s something about beating the Bruins that makes you happy. Tonight, the Leafs did so in dramatic fashion, coming back to win 4-3 in overtime.

The Bruins struck first in this game, after super-duper pest Brad Marchand took advantage of some traffic around James Reimer to pot his 21st goal of the season. The Leafs were unamused with Matt Beleskey’s push to the net and challenged the goal, but the league found no issue and took away Toronto’s timeout.

The Leafs didn’t back down, though and kept pressing until Daniel Winnik tied the game with this deflection:

The Bruins, who are no stranger to making the Leafs suffer, scored two quick goals in the first minute and a half of the third period. Brad Marchand took advantage of an awful piece of defensive coverage by the typically solid Morgan Rielly, and David Krejci was able to stuff in a scramble tally that was initiated by a gigantic rebound off of James Reimer’s armour. At that point the game seemed out of reach, at least until..


Rielly made up for his Gaffe with his shot, and Komarov’s deflection was one of the prettiest that I’ve seen from any Leafs player this year, and it wasn’t even the last of its type in this game. Nazem Kadri followed him up with a redirection of his own a few minutes later, which eventually sent the game to overtime.

With a little under two minutes to go in OT, the Leafs capped off the comeback thanks to a rebound from PA Parentau, who chased Jake Gardiner’s point shot and won his team the game.

Capture

Nobody expected the Leafs to lose every single game down the stretch, so if you’re going to grab a victory once in a while, it may as well be a well-deserved one against the Bruins. They held the possession edge from beginning to end and didn’t curl into a ball their catastrophic opening in the third period. Besides, it’s the Bruins. Enjoy it.

Highlight of the Night / Blue Warrior


Brad Marchand is one of the league’s great heels. Nazem Kadri is to an extent too, but he’s Toronto’s great heel. Here, he threw a great check on a player that the world loves to hate. Not just that, but as Ray Ferraro pointed out, there was lots of room for Kadri to throw a dirtier hit while playing the “I was just finishing my check” card. Instead, he made sure it was as clean as could be, leaving absolutely no room for anybody to complain.

Kadri was by far the best player on the ice tonight for either team. His 72.2% Corsi-For Percentage was the best on both teams, despite starting only 36% of his shifts in the offensive zone. He picked a goal and two assists, and he had two hits on top of the above bone crusher.

See You Next Time

With Boston behind them, the Leafs head back home to Toronto to prepare for their next game on Thursday. They’ll be taking on the New Jersey Devils, who are clinging on for dear life in the Metropolitan Division playoff race. Puck drop is at 7:30 PM.

  • hockeyphreak

    kadri had himself a game! he was on the ice for for every goal, very physical, crushed that scum bag, a goal and an assist for 16 points in his last 20 games and shut down the krejci line. remember when people thought bozak was the superior #1 and kadri was overrated because bozak was on his usual hot streak and kadri was shooting at 2%? kadri is still shooting at half his career average and still has more points than bozak in this anemic offensive losing streak while bozak is shooting at over 11% LOL. congrats to reimer on a win against that awful team in his 200th game. he looked great too. team tank is on hold vs the bruins, sens and habs. good to see reimer with a .929 save % while rask had an .886 save %. rielly and the bozak/parenteau/grabner line was awful defensively tonight. phaneuf looked slow and out of position a few times. put him back with gardiner please. he makes him look good. corrado looked great and it’s good to see winnik score. he’s been struggling. also great to see a lot of the trade chips produce tonight… even polak had two assists! they should really reunite kadri/lupul as they were dangerous together on one shift… nice to be on the other side of a comeback. i turned the tv off after those 2 quick goals.

  • Gary Empey

    This is certainly the very best game I have seen Kadri play. I honestly think he has been watching Komarov’s style and realizes this style will certainly make him an all-star in this league. I thought the whole team played well. No one quit until the last shot was fired past Rask.

    Phaneuf switching to the other side, to allow Corrado to play his natural position has added more overall balance to the defence. These two will get stronger with more games together.

    On the lighter side. I am starting to think there may be something not right in Montreal….. The smell coming out of there, is now wafting into Eastern Ontario….. Montreal’s GM said he is not going to panic…..I hope no one injures themselves jumping off that band wagon….. Boy it’s hard to type when one is laughing uncontrollably.