Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs v.s. Montreal Canadiens
These guys are ready.
In a game that was hyped-up so much you could have confused it for the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs quickly silenced any non-beleafers Saturday.
In came the Montréal Canadiens to the Air Canada Centre and out went Carey Price, just 10 minutes into the tilt. Four shots, three goals. A 3-0 lead for the Leafs. Still 10 minutes left to go in the first. Wow.
Now, it’s obvious to any hockey fan that not all the credit can go to the Leafs – Price, a great Canadian goalie, had an off-night. All goalies do, at some point. Price just has them often. Jab, twist. That was for the beleafers.
But credit the boys for keeping their feet on the gas. The Leafs put in two more goals against Peter Budaj, beating the Habs 5-1.
Along the way, they showed why – once they’re in – they may just do some damage in the playoffs. Montreal, who is just behind the Pens for first place in the Eastern Conference, got tossed around by the Leafs.
The Habs looked like cowering wimps out there Saturday, afraid to engage with the Leafs, the big, bad bully waiting to steal their lunch. The Buds outhit the Habs 47-36.
Komarov had four good hits, and newest Leafs defenceman O’Byrne had seven. No one leaves the ice after playing the Leafs without some bruising.
It made the difference Saturday. It allowed the Leafs to make the Habs – who’ve spent time atop the Eastern Conference – look like they belong in the basement of the league.
And not only did the Leafs dominate the Habs physically, they also clicked on the offensive front and had Reimer continue his amazing streak.
Kessel, JVR, Bozak, Phaneuf, and other key players like McClement stepped up with beauty goals and assists. We’re talking highlight–reel stuff, here. JVR’s pass to Bozak, and later to Kessel, c’mon! Highlights of the night, no problem.
Put some sauce on those passes.
Reimer, Reimer, Reimer – you’ve now beaten Brodeur, Lundquist and Price all in the same week. Reimer, you’re 12-2-5 since Feb. 7.
Reimer, you’re our man for the job, no doubt about it. Carry this streak into the playoffs, where it’ll really count.
I feel sorry for whoever meets us in the first round. They’re going to face a hot goalie, a team that’s clicking offensively – and a team that will knock their lights out.
Sounds like the ingredients to a championship team. These guys are ready for the playoffs. For glory.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers