Well I would love to see what that reporter at the Toronto Star comes up with this time! After falling behind by two goals Saturday night to the Ottawa Senators, three straight goals, including a shootout, delivered the Leafs their third win in a row.
The victory guarantees at least another day or so in which they sit in first place overall in the National Hockey League.
Tonight’s game wasn’t all pretty however, starting goaltender James Reimer was yanked in favour of Jonathan Bernier, who’s exceptionally play in the third period, in the overtime, and the two Senators shooters in the shootout (Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza), and there just may be some goaltending controversy in T.O. this year.
They say that the Battle of Ontario keeps getting better and better. This one sure did. For two teams with arguably among the top five in the league, neither of them could stop anything in the first period, two Toronto goals were equally by two Ottawa goals, then two more Ottawa goals were answered with another pair of Leafs’ markers. The final Sens’ goal was met with a goaltender change, Bernier came in and he shut the door for the rest of the night. Nothing got by him.
Bernier’s phenomenal work in the net was matched only by the work of Mason Raymond on his penalty shot effort (http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=452999&cmpid=embed-share-video
(it follows the David Bolland interview).
***kindly excuse that annoying KD commercial too.
It was so out of this world least to the average Leaf fan, that Ottawa coach Paul MacLean was up in arms over it because he claimed that Raymond came to a stop before he literally slid the puck into the wide open cage. This was a move that Pavel Datsyuk has done many many times. It should be on SportsCentre all day on Sunday. Apparently Raymond did it a lot with his previous team, Vancouver.
The scoring went as follows. Raymond and Kyle Turris exchanged goals in the first 10 minutes. David Bolland and T. Bodie had the assists on the first Leaf goal scored on home ice this season.
The visitors went ahead at the midway mark of the first when Cory Conacher tallied on a wrist shot past Reimer to go ahead 2-1.
Raymond would tally his first assist and second point of this night when he fed Nazem Kadri with two minutes remaining in the period.
FIFTEEN SECONDS APART
In the sloppiest game of the first week of the season, Leafs got down on themselves and the Sens jumped all over them, to the point that they would force a goalie change. Ottawa’s Jared Cowen put the Sens out in front again midway through the second period. Former Maple Leaf Clarke MacArthur drew an assist on the goal and Jason Spezza made it look like it might be the first long night of the season; he beat Reimer with a snap shot exactly 15 seconds after Cowen did.
Joffrey Lupul scored a PPG with 17 seconds left in the second as Raymond drew his second assist and third point of the night and Kadri got his first assist and second point of the night.
Two minutes into the third, James van Riemsdyk beat Craig Anderson for the first Leaf goal that did not include Mason Raymond’s name on the scoring play. Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak got theirs on instead!
Overtime solved absolutely nothing even though there was a Leaf power play for about 1:30 when a tripping call was made against Ottawa, when it looked like it should have resulted in a Leaf penalty shot.
In any case, the game went into the shootout where Raymond scored one of those goals that no Leaf has probably ever done in a shootout. MacLean didn’t like it but I don’t suppose anybody cares what he thought??!? The refs obviously did not!
Anyways, Raymond’s goal would have been his second goal and fourth point, however NHL rules state that shootout goals do not contribute to personal statistics.
Raymond probably doesn’t care. Leafs won, 4-3. Leafs put their perfect record to the test next on Tuesday when Patrick Roy brings his Colorado Avalanche to the ACC.