The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start after winning their first three games of the season.
Toronto’s latest victory was a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Ottawa Senators.
The Leafs came back from a 4-2 deficit.
Toronto’s starting goalie, James Reimer was pulled in second period after the Senators score two quick goals within 15 seconds. Backup net minder, Jonathan Bernier replaced Reimer and kept Ottawa from scoring another goal.
Mason Raymond recorded three points during the game. Raymond also scored the Leaf’s first goal in the shoot-out. “Mason Raymond has world class speed and world class skill,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle during the post game press conference.
Another new Leaf making his mark on the team is Dave Bolland.
I still can’t believe the Chicago Blackhawks let him go.
During the Leaf”s second game of the season (a 3-1 win over Philadelphia) Bolland scored two goals. Bolland also got an assist in the Ottawa game. “He (Bolland) leads by example,” said Carlyle as he describes how important Bolland is to the young players on the team.
Don Cherry from Hockey Night In Canada’s Coaches Corner described Bolland’s playing style similar to Doug Gilmour’s. As I watched highlights of Bolland’s play making, I noticed something. Bolland’s jersey number is 63. Gilmour’s was 93. Interesting.
Bernier was awesome in the Philadelphia game, stopping 31 shots on goal.
To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed after the Leaf”s first game of the season against Montreal. Toronto nearly squandered a 4-2 lead with a little over two minutes to go in the third period. Thankfully, the Leafs hung on to win 4-3. James Reimer stopped 34 shots on goal.
There was an incident in the Montreal game that started a debate about fighting in hockey.
Leaf’s enforcer, Colton Orr got into a fight with George Parros. At some point during the fight, Parros fell to the ice and had to be taken off by a stretcher. Parros was later diagnosed with a concussion.
The next day, sports writers and broadcasters debated about fighting in hockey. Some broadcasters said that there should be stiffer penalties handed out for fighting. As for myself, I’m on the fence when it comes to this issue. Although, I love seeing a good fight in a NHL game once in a while, I also don’t want to see anyone get seriously injured either.
The Leaf’s face the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night.
Is Toronto going to increase their record to 4-0? We’ll find out tomorrow.