February 8, 2012

A Lost Cause for the Leafs in the 'Peg

Nothing like home ice advantage for some teams such as the Winnipeg Jets this season. It has been a up and down time for the Jets but being home has had their benefits.

The home town Jets took down the winning ways of the Leafs last night with a score of 2-1 in front of a energetic crowd, splashed with Maple Leaf jerseys as much as the Jets.

The Leafs opened the scoring in the 1st with a beauty goal from Phil Kessel, his 30th of the year and his fourth year completing that goal mark. At the 14 minute mark the Jets tied it up from Chris Thorburn who slid in a nice backhand pass the sprawling Gustavsson.

Going into the second period the Leafs seem to be waiting for their opportunity to break the game open but Jets goalie Pavelec kept shutting the door on them. Then at 9:47 of the second Bryan Little slammed home a rebound from a great rush from Wheeler to have the Jets go up 2-1.

The third period was a fast pace back and forth play interrupted by a unenthusiastic fight between the Jets Johnny Oduya and the Leafs Joey Crabb. No scoring was a result of the relative clean third period as it looked like the Leafs just could not mustard anything of a good scoring attack. The Jets played a tight checking third and were satisfied with the 2-1 score.

Just a couple of notes on this game, the Leafs finally drew a penalty in the 2nd period by Kessel. This was one of the few times where the Leafs went back to a old way, retaliating from a play, as Kessel got hooked up and slashed the Jets player.

Also both teams failed to score on their PP chances.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head off to Philadelphia to play the Flyers on Thursday night, game time is at 7pm on TSN. The Leafs will need to bring their 'A' game for this one to get back to the winning ways.

Until Next Time,

See you after the Game!

Coach Nye

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