BY: Jeff Schneberk
Six different players scored in the hockey game last night, unfortunately, only two of them were Leafs.
The visiting San Jose Sharks opened up a two-goal lead in the first period, one off of a deflection and the second a nice goal on the doorstep by Joe Thornton. Toronto got both goals back in the second period however San Jose added a third goal late in the second and topped it off with an empty netter, winning 4-2
Mike Brown opened the scoring when his point shot went in off of Morgan Reilly and between James Reimer’s pads, then Thornton finished off a nice passing play from Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle.
In the second period, Mason Raymond woke up the Air Canada Centre beating Antti Niemi between the pads, from Morgan Reilly and Car Gunnarsson.
Then Phil KEssel scored his 200th career NHL goal to tie the game, from Tyler Bozak and James vsn Riemsedyk.
See it here: http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=802&id=501232&lang=en
Brad Stuart however scored to regain the lead for San Jose with four minutes left in the period and would prove to be the game-winning goal. Logan Couture hit an empty net with 40 seconds left after Reilly failed to clear the zone.
The Stuart goal came with Leafs’ fourth line stuck on the ice for an extended shift against the Sharks’ second line.
Toronto’s losing skid now stretches to five games, while the Sharks’ win streak is at six games.
Kessel celebrated his milestone 200th career NHL goal off of a nice feed from Tyler Bozak.
Proof right here why James Reimer is a major reason why the Leafs are not already in the NHL basement: