February 7, 2012

Leafs Slip by the Oliers

I thought I was watching a little bit of the Oilers from the 80's tonight but then as the game went on between the 'New' Leafs and the 'Very Young' Edmonton Oilers I realized, no we are in the year 2012.

What was shaping up to be a barn burner at the ACC in Toronto tonight really turned out to be a team (insert Leafs here) that is on the move upwards and another team (insert...ya you know who...) who is trying really hard to stay a float.

The Oilers are going to be a real good team eventually in time. Young hockey studs they have but what is missing is the vets to lead them to the next level and that is what the Leafs have now.

Before the fans in the platinum's at the ACC could settle in for the start of the game the score was tied at 1-1. With a goal from Eberle of the Oilers and a bullet of a snap shot from Clark MacArthur of the Leafs we could tell this was going to be a fast pace game with some good scoring chances. At 13:45 of the 1st Toronto went up by one on a goal from young Jake Gardiner and then less then four minutes later Edmonton's Jordan Eberle recorded his second of the evening and weren't even done the first period yet.

Going into the second period all evened up I think this is when the Leafs decided we better get it going or these young bucks will be going at us hard. Quickly into the second period Phil Kessel jumped on a loose puck and fired home his 28th. Following him was Bozak counting on his 10th of year. At the 13 minute mark Jeff Petry brought the Oilers back to one but the rejuvenated Jeffery Lupul, his 21st made the score 5-3 for the home team Leafs.

The third period was exciting with full of chances from both teams but James Riemer shut the door for his club and with less then 2 minutes remaining in the game Kessel fired one into the empty net from just inside the red to end the game 6-3 for your home town hero's.

The fans in T.O were shown what a up and coming team can be looking like as the Oilers fired 30 shots at the Leafs. While Leafs countered back with the same amount but truly had the better scoring chances through out the evenings match.

So the Leafs hop on a jet plane and are off to Winnipeg to do battle with the Jets. You can catch it on Sportsnet with game time at 8:30pm. This will be a good time for the Leafs to keep on winning and to put a little breathing room between them and the Jets.

See you all after the game!

Coach Nye

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