Raking Leafs

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

10/13/2006

Regression

TOR vs NJD 10/12/06

-Went to the game. Leafs didn't start playing until after they were scored on. Aubin was rusty. Stajan was on fire. Apparently O'Neill can still shoot. Who knew? Peca was sluggish. Suglobov on the top line was not a good idea. Third period was atrocious. I felt like I was sucked into a timewarp.

-Leafs got one powerplay opportunity and suffered numerous bullshit calls against them. Home opener anyone?

-If Maurice is comfortable with Belak on D, play him more. Kaberle and McCabe can't log the minutes they did last year in the new up-tempo scheme. Kaberle looked gassed on several occasions, and was made to look foolish deep in the corner late in the third. And I don't blame Tomas.

-White needs to move the puck on transition turn overs a beat sooner; teams are keying on him and his limited reach makes him vulnerable. This led to a goal, and almost did against the Panthers.

-Poni and Stajan are a pair. Nice tinkering. Those two are a force at even strength. Keep them together please.

-I'm tired and pissed off. I'll re-watch the game and give a better effort at a recap/analysis. But I'm heading to another Mets game tomorrow, so it won't be posted until the weekend.

-6-3 going into the third. I still can't believe it.

4 Comments:

  • At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I heard the rink had a tonne of empty seats.

    I think White might have read a bit too much of his own press. Some times he got caught trying to do too much.

    That second period sure look great though.

     
  • At 2:42 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Yeah, the lower bowl was more than half empty. The upper tier was packed, though.

    It was funny, even when the Devils were behind by three, the fans kept yelling for Janssen.

     
  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Wardo said…

    This game was an embarrassment.

    Belak has to go. On any other team, he's in the minors, or released outright. But since this is Toronto - he merits a contract extension.

     
  • At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    if Belak goes... who will fight?

     

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