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Goaltending is the most important position in hockey, and few people would argue that after last nights performance on both ends of the ice. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen stood on his head and stole two points, leading the Buds to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Flames. Mike Smith was pretty good too. Calgary might have deserved a better fate last night, but then again, you could argue the same for the Leafs on Saturday against Vancouver. That just goes to show you how important goaltending is on any given night. Andersen's 47 save performance may have just been his most memorable one in a Leafs uniform, and it's been that kind of season for Andersen after he got past his October struggles.
Auston Matthews and William Nylander solved Mike Smith in the shootout and the Leafs improved to 2-1 this season in the skills competition. Although Andersen has been nothing short of stellar lately, the question has to be asked, how long can they continue to allow him to be peppered with high danger scoring chances and shot attempts. Is this style of play really sustainable in the long run? Time will tell, but history isn't on the Leafs side for this one.
Let's shift towards the Matt Tkachuk spear on Matt Martin. Tkachuk will have a hearing today to plead his case, but we have to call a spade what a spade is, that's a dirty play and it has no place in the National Hockey League. Sure, nobody got hurt, Martin even laughed it off after the game, but to not suspend Tkachuk here for at least a game is sending the wrong message to players and fans of the game. The NHL has a chance here to make a statement, and even it's a small one, give him a suspension and not just a fine, we've seen how the NFL has butchered these in the past, but it's time to show that the NHL means business here.
For one of the first times this season, my prediction that this game would be a fast paced, entertaining contest was bang on. Despite the low score, this game had me glued to the TV for the 65 minutes, plus the skills competition afterwords. You can lie to me and disagree but at the end of the day, this was one of the most fun Leaf games of the regular season.
Leafs next game: The Leafs are in Pittsburgh on Saturday to take on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Should be a good one, hope you're all looking forward to it like us.