Raking Leafs

Mixing metaphors and casting cliches about hockey and the Maple Leafs for the ether's pleasure since MCMLXVII.


Aubin, PowerPlay grounds Flyers

TOR vs PHI (04/08/06)

Leaf Lines

Leaf Pairs


Notes - O'Neill changed up his pre-game routine by taping a four-leaf clover to his stick, resulting in two lucky goals. The first came off a deflection from a shot/pass from White, who was trying for the deflection instead of just shooting the puck. O'Neill's second was produced by some sloppy play around the goal mouth, where the puck ended up on this stick and he slipped it through Niittymaki's five-hole.

Steen's goal resulted from him executing on a great opportunity manufactured by Stajan. The fact the Flyers neglected to pick him up from the blue line all the way to the hash marks probably had something to do with it as well. Sundin's tally was a cheeky no-angle job in the dying ticks of the second period.

All scoring was done on the powerplay. (Waah! I like even strength scoring! Waah!)

Belak and Brashear squared off, but Donald didn't put in a good effort, and the fight wasn't even worth the fighting majors.

Aubin was stellar, except for the goal he helped the Flyers score. I'll chalk that up to being new to the team and not being familiar with communicating with the Kaberle. Criticism aside, Aubin is playing extremely well behind a team that finally has figured out how to play in their own end. JFJ, if you do dip into the FA market for a goalie, don't break the bank on anyone. Aubin might not be a marquee name, but he has been very steady.

Denis Gauthier needs to be a target of Colin Campbell. He continually hits from behind, and is a danger to play against. Luckily, Wellwood came back from his close encounter with the dasher.

Moving on from the game, I found this Paul Maurice quote speaking of trade-deadline addition Suglobov,
Maurice chuckled at the two-goal, one-assist, one-fight performance of Alexander Suglobov, who scored the game winner at 2:33 of overtime.

"He had the Gordie Howe (hat trick)," Maurice said. "He has got a lot more grit than you'd expect from a skill guy."
That's enough to make me smile for today in the face of insurmountable arithmetic.


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