What A Night For The Blue And White
Friday, October 26, 2018
Normally when a team gives up a goal 18 seconds into the game it doesn’t end well for said team. However this was not the case tonight with the Leafs beating the defending Stanley Cup Champions 4-2. This win felt really good too. So far we have had a very successful start to the season, winning games against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year. Until we met the Capitals. As it was a rocky start leading into a rather dull first period. There was a huge momentum shift starting the second period, continuing to final buzzer.
Kasperi Kapanen opened up Toronto’s scoring with a sweet deflection off of a beauty shot by Ron Hainsey from the blue line. Par Lindholm scored his first career NHL goal and boy was he happy. Josh Leivo scored his first of the season on a PPG. And finally Auston Matthews closed the game with a goal late in the third. This marks Matthews 6th multiple point game as he allows picked up an assist on Kapanens goal. Thats 10 goals in 6 games. At this rate he is on pace to clear 100 goals this season. Which is bold to say, but entirely possible with this hunger he has demonstrated.
There was no love lost between Alex Ovechkin and Nazem Kadri as the two exchanged a couple hits that took me back to last seasons playoffs. I have to say that I quite enjoy the drama and banter that teams and players have. Its better than any soap opera I have ever watched.
Frederik Andersen was in top form tonight. Making saves with little effort. He was definitely tuned in and he was brilliant to watch. Earning himself the third star of the game.
I wont touch on our defensive troubles because it is like beating a dead horse. Something needs to happen in that department. I’ll leave it at that.
One thing that bothers me is Mitch Marners lack of consistency. He is a great hockey player, when he wants to be. Imagine if he applied himself more….oh the success he could have… That being said, Mitch, if you’re reading this, step it up bro. I want to see how much you love the game. And heck, why not have some fun out there on the ice, night after night.
We back at it at home Monday October 15th hosting the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30pm.
Go Leafs Go!!