February 15, 2012

Leafs Run Into Hot Goalie in Calgary

When you are coming off a bad game and on a 3 game losing strike you are hoping that you have seen the last of all the past troubles right?...unless you run into a very hot goaltender, which the Leafs did tonight in Calgary.

With a slow start into the game which caused a 2 goal deficient before most of the Leafs could get their laces tied up, the Flames were running and gunning there way to a blow out. As Coach Wilson stated after the game," We made to many bad mistakes on the back end, way to many poor decisions against a team who is also fighting for a playoff spot"

When your top line forgets how to play defense and your defense forgets how to play..well you get it, just a bad night for our beloved Leafs.

With 8 minutes into the game and the Flames up 2-0, I had a feeling maybe this isn't going to be a great start to a 3 game road trip but come the 16 minute mark Tyler Bozak pops in a rebound from a shot off Lupul to make the score 2-1.

Going into the second period the teams traded scoring chances until 9:15 when Paul Byron was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked down by former Flame Dion Phaneuf. The result of the PS was a nifty move by Byron to his forehand and a shot pass a sprawling Gustavsson. That was all she wrote as they say in the movies!

The third period showed a strong effort by the Leafs but the 'Kipper' shut the door for the Flames and handed the Leafs their 4th lose in a row.

It doesn't help that the Leafs went 0-4 on the power play, hit a couple of crossbars and some posts but we can't make excuses, this is a game the Leafs needed to win and they needed to do it with a strong effort from all, as it is looking now maybe the next game tomorrow against the Oilers is a must win now.

Notes from the game.

Leafs out shot the Flames 38-32 and were 0-4 on the PP

The Leafs are 28-23-6 and on a four game losing streak, their first 4 game losing streak of this season.

Flames first and only penalty shot this season so far, not bad 1 for 1!

Trade rumour...Schenn, Lupul and first round pick for Nash!! we will see.

Until Next Time,

See you After the Game,

Coach Nye

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