Thursday, November 26, 2009

Leafs, Islanders

Alright another disappointing loss for the buds.

They showed some great poise though after coming back from a 3 goal deficit. Goals by Kessel, Premeau and a beauty by Hagman that made the Islanders defence look like they were taking a nap (not hard to do).

The Leafs ending up losing 4-3 in a OT, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. They hammered Islanders goalie Dwayne Rolston with a franchise tying 61 shots on net. By all means the Leafs had done enough to win the game. Toskala let in 3 goals on 3 shots in the second was pulled in favor for rookie goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who came in and shut the door.

Gustavsson only allowed 1 goal and took the loss of the hands of Toskala for a second time this year. Too Gustavsson's credit he had no chance on the Game winner, which happened courtesy brutal defensive coverage by Phil Kessel who not only made Gustavsson bad but also defence men Ian White who has been on of Toronto's best defence men and one of the few bright spots this year. Many have blamed White for the goal because he couldn't block the pass across the crease, but any real hockey fan knows that if Kessel wasn't standing still Bruno Gervais wouldn't have beat him to the puck.

John Tavares didn't do to much in the game on the score sheet but showed off his passing ability a few times in the game.

I hate to say I told you so but in the previous blog I mentioned that Josh Bailey was on a hot streak and he ended up scoring the game winner in OT. Also I said Hagman for the Leafs and he scored the goal that tied it up at 3.

Next up for the Leafs is Tampa Bay, I'll have the post game blog for my next blog.

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