I'll certainly take some slack for this one, but I did mention in my preview that this one had the potential to have a ton of offense in it. I wasn't wrong in the sense of scoring chances, but man did both goalies steal the show in this one. Freddie Andersen and Cory Schneider both stood on their heads all game long heading into overtime where William Nylander would be the eventual hero. Both teams constantly traded offensive chances and on a lot of other nights, we would have likely seen upwards of ten goals in a contest like that. The Devils are a surprising team to some, and they're really changing the identity of what many have known to be Devils hockey over the last few decades. This team is young, it's fast and creative and it's certainly entertaining, which is what we are all here for right?
Morgan Rielly is a different hockey player this year. The signing of veteran Ron Hainsey has really helped solidify Rielly's game. Rielly seems immensely more confident on the back end and after assisting on the overtime winner, he's already up to 17 points on the season.
Despite only one goal in the game, you'd find it hard pressed to not have enjoyed this hockey game. It was filled with scoring chances and highway robbery from both goalies, which to me really sums up a great hockey game. Therefore, I'd like to praise myself and say it was worthy of the 3.5/5 stars on the watchability scale.
The Leafs are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Montreal to take on the Habs. The game could be without some star power though, as both Auston Matthews and Carey Price are unlikely to play. Don't ask Mike Babcock about that though, you probably won't like his answer. At the same time, Hockey Night in Canada, Habs Leafs, there's really nothing better than that.
Enjoy hockey fans!