Monthly Archives: February 2012
By: Adam Basciano
The Edmonton Oilers are a lowly team in the Western Conference standings. Aside from their wealth of young skilled forwards, their defense and goaltending is severely lacking. The Toronto Maple Leafs exploited that on their way to a 6-3 win.
The Leafs top two lines were all over the score-sheet in this game. Kessel had two goals and one assist. Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist, while Mikhail Grabovski had two helpers. Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak got a goal each, with Jake Gardiner getting his second goal of the season. While James Reimer’s shutout streak ended early, he made several key saves throughout the game, on his way to a 27 save performance. Reimer now has 10 wins on the season.
The Maple Leafs don’t have much time to enjoy this success, because in less than 24 hours they will play the Winnipeg Jets.
By: Adam Basciano
Coming out of the All-Star break the Maple Leafs were faced with a home and home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a rivalry game with the Ottawa Senators.
Despite surrendering a three goal lead in the third period, and loosing in a shootout, the Leafs managed to squeeze a point out of Pittsburgh. That sole point in the 5-4 loss can be attributed to Mikhail Grabovski’s three-point night. Less than twenty-four hours later Grabovski was at it again, setting up Clarke MacArthur’s game winning goal. The goal happened to be the only one of the game, as James Reimer returned to the net stopping all 25 Penguins shots, for a 1-0 win.
One week after being serenaded by a chorus of boo’s from the idiots in Ottawa at the All Star Game, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, and Dion Phaneuf returned to the scene of that farce of a game. These three were integral parts of the 5-0 beating laid on the Senators. In any other scenario, this beat-down would get someone arrested. Just ask Chris Brown, he knows all about that. Phil Kessel had three points, a goal and two assists, as did Tyler Bozak. Joffrey Lupul got two assists, giving him a career high of 53 points in a season. Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn, and Cody Franson all contributed goals from the defensive end. The Leafs went 2/4 on the power play, and were perfect on penalty kill once again. They remain perfect on the penalty kill in 2012. James Reimer was the star of the game, making 49 saves for his second consecutive shutout. After his injury, it seems that Optimus Reim is back on form! PS: Wasn’t it great hearing the bald Krusty the Clown, a.k.a. ABBA’s lead singer, a.k.a. Daniela Alfredsson get booed in his home arena!?
The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action Monday, when they face Sam Gagner and the rest of those guys on that team!