I was thinking "this is going to be a rout" when Hainsey scored that first goal 2 minutes in. Instead, the Leafs gave up. Horrible to watch, nowhere near the same compete level as the night before. That's 4-6-0 in their last 10 and now we're but 2 points from the last playoff spot. ==sigh==
That was the Battle Of The Swooners last night. The Caps are in a spot of trouble.
Good effort from the Leafs, nice to see Matthews score.
Not sure what to make of Nylander. Lots of hockey pundits figure he won't be long in Toronto.
8 days of no hockey. Not a fan of the all-star stuff at all.
Both Boston and Montreal breathing down our necks in the standings. Need to lay some whoop-ass on the Ducks tonight just to pad what little space there is. A 3 or 4 game losing streak right now would be devastating with just 2 points separating the 3 teams. Columbus is 6 points back, Buffalo 9 points back, both of them still threats. If ever there was a time for the Leafs to play well and be consistent, this is it.
Well you know how these clutch Battle Of Ontario games go. Both Boston and Montreal keeping pace with the newly-extended Matthews and the Leafs, just 2 points separating the 3 teams. If Boston wins tonight they leapfrog Montreal in the standings and come in behind the Leafs but tied in points. The Sens are dead last in the league. The previous-life Leafs would blow this game. They'll need to come out sharp, fast, and maintain a crushing presence for an entire 60 minutes.
Side note, hate the Toronto Star story from Feshuk regarding the Marner contract situation. I think it's all bullshit.
Phew, had to blow that lead against the Sens, but they got it back. Never easy against them even when they stink, they seem to get up for the games vs Leafs. Boston blew a lead and lost in OT, so Habs & Bruins are at 66 pts now. We have 5 ROW's advantage on both of them, so that will be important in the event of a tie in points.
I'm happy with the Matthews signing, under the current cap situation, 5 years is the best they could get and still have a manageable AAV. I think they can get Marner at 9.5-10 AAV for 5 years also, and thats the window to win a cup. Next year will be a little tough with the cap, but with Marleau's contract going away after next year, there will be a bit more flex. Or maybe they can work a miracle and he would agree to a trade.
That game vs Habs was really good. Then they laid an egg against the Rangers, but then have since put up two good game against Avs & Vegas, and the power play is starting to come back to life, and they are also drawing more penalties.
Lets hope tonight they will be prepared against the Coyotes.
No such luck, that was a stinker and very frustrating to watch. So there goes second place in the division and home ice, down the drain. Still 1/4 of the season left, but the time now is for "pedal to the metal", not time for a late-season swoon.
And the trade deadline looms large. With year 1 of the 5 year plan on the line, and with expectations of at least a run at the conference final, I have to wonder if Dubas is going to weave some magic.
Yep, laid a huge fucking egg, and Boston passed us winning the late night game against a shitty Kings team. Which it's the way it's supposed to work. Good team beat bad teams. Leafs seem to always have trouble with that.
I've said it many times. It doesnt bother me as much if they lose to a good team. Losing to the shit teams is what drives me nuts.