For a game where the Leafs once led 3-0, this one sure didn't turn out to be a laugher like some initially thought. Mike Babcock said it perfectly after the game, “Some nights they’re ugly. Kenny Holland always used to say ‘it’ll be a Picasso in the morning when you look at the standings.”’ Couldn't have said it better myself, Mike.
One thing that the Leafs can't continue is slow starts. Out of the gate, the Leafs have been atrocious through the first quarter of the season, and that kind of style of play will get them into trouble in late April and May games when they really count.
Patrick Marleau recorded his 102nd game winning goal to propel the Leafs to victory, showing just how important his veteran presence is in this young Toronto lineup. One spot that was a little dim for Toronto, they played their worst Corsi game in the Mike Babcock era, posting just a 29% at even strength. Coach can't be happy with that, but a wins a win.
Don't expect Matt Martin to draw back in on Saturday for Josh Leivo. Leivo recorded his first of the year and didn't look out of place with Marleau and Connor Brown.
Like I mentioned earlier, this one could have gotten out of hand early in the second period, but the Leafs allowed Carolina back into it and if it wasn't for Andersen in goal, this one might have gotten away from Toronto. What I'm trying to say is that goals are fun, and nine combined goals will always make for happy fans around the league. The league obviously wants scoring to increase and wouldn't have an issue with this one almost reaching double digit goals. With that being said, it was quite an entertaining hockey game and lived up to the 3/5 pre game stars it was awarded. Let's see how the Leafs respond when they host the Capitals tonight.
Next Game:Today @7PM vs. Washington Capitals