Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs extended their impressive winning streaks last night. The Jackets got past the Kings with an impressive 5-3 victory for their seventh straight win. Now all of the sudden they are Stanley Cup favourites (JK).
While the Maple Leafs made it six in a row winning their second road game in two night, this time in Colorado.
When is the last time these Leafs built up a four-goal lead and did not blow it? I don’t know but they didn’t completely let it get away last night.
The Leafs went into the Mile High City last night and cruised to a surprisingly comfortable 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, their sixth straight. The Leafs are now tied with the Montreal Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic Division.
What we know for sure, if we didn’t already know, is that when Phil ‘the thrill’ Kessel makes contributions like what he made last night, and when James Reimer plays like he did last night, these Maple Leafs rarely lose.
Kessel scored two goals, one of which he was the recipient of a cross-ice pass, and James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and the visiting Leafs beat up the 31-13 Avalanche last night, in their own building. Apparently it is much harder to play in Colorado because of air pressure, those Leafs played like they go there every day.
Nazem Kadri also scored last night and Jay McClement scored into an empty net, something else that doesn’t usually happen for these Leafs.
Goaltender Reimer made 35 stops, a lot of the better ones came early in the game, he allowed one late in the second period, and a second goal five minutes into the third period, but Reimer was pretty much rock solid after that, held his team in it just long enough for McClement to score into the empty net which sealed the win. Toronto has now won four of its past five games without needing to go into overtime.
On top of that, they are on their first six-game win streak since Christmas time of 2005.
Usual rock solid Colorado keeper Simyon Varlamov allowed three Toronto goals on only 10 shots.
Next game: tomorrow night in Dallas Texas, to play the 22-20 Stars. I don’t like bringing this up still but Seguin vs Kessel Round whatever.
Almost forgot…the other interesting surprise like the headline up there says, Columbus is also on a huge little win streak. The BJs somehow dropped the LA Kings 5-3 for a franchise-record seventh straight win. They, like the Leafs, have had good fortunes roll their way to start the new year. Columbus has lost only once in eight games and a victory against Los Angeles is probably good for their team confidence too.