Ah, so we’re back at the “hate ourselves and the Leafs every time we’re watching them” stage again.
It might not be time to start really really worry about the Leafs, but boy, they’re making it tough to cheer for them a heck of a lot either.
What narratives are we going to rely on tonight?
- Too many games in too few days?
- Too many road games early on in the season?
- Mike Babcock scared against his former team?
- Auston Matthews still out?
- Young team getting their legs?
- Too much chasing and dumping and not enough running and gunning?
- Too many nights and not enough Buds All Day?
Anyway, let’s get into the hockey. For the second night in a row, it was a pretty “bleh” game and not a great loss where the Leafs inspired a ton of confidence.
Hot start, and then a bit of back-and-forth. Big push at the end (including a little over a minute with the goalie pulled), but hey, that’s hockey.
The Leafs started decently!
borg bomb! 1-0 leafs early. pic.twitter.com/dPbSGA6Xfk
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) December 16, 2017
The Leafs scored 1:58 into the game and took a 1-0 lead into the break. The Leafs carried the shot clock 12-7, and for once recently, maybe they’d pull out a straightforward W over a bad team.
**Star Wars Spoiler**
A pair of weird things happened.
First, Danny DeKeyser absolutely nailed this shot. It was his first goal of the season, because as you know, he’s not very good at hockey.
— NHL (@NHL) December 16, 2017
Then Trevor Daley scored a shorthanded goal on the Leafs. It was his first goal as a Detroit Red Wing, which you know, he’s also not very good. If there was a good explanation other than “Curtis McElhinney missed it, we don’t have one.
Third period, against the Red Wings? Down by one?
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 16, 2017
Time for a Tomas Tatar power play goal!
Tomas Kaberle? Is that you? pic.twitter.com/4173C0KPaw
— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) December 16, 2017
Yeah sex is cool but have you ever tried dumping and chasing when you have one of the best offensive teams in the entire NHL #TMLtalk
— Jori (@flykessel) December 16, 2017
Ill give you $100 if the Wings win
— Mike Gerisch (@Gerisch07) December 16, 2017
When you play Komarov 18 minutes, Nylander 13 minutes and wonder why your offence isn't clicking pic.twitter.com/nS9X3VbvFx
— Miles Hoaken (@SmokinHoaken) December 16, 2017
See you Tuesday, as the Leafs take on the Hurricanes at 2 p.m.