Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs v.s. Philadelphia Flyers
It certainly didn’t start well for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Less than two minutes into the game, the Philadelphia Flyers took the lead.
Then, former Leafs tough guy Jay Rosehill began his rampage, one that would’ve been exactly what the Leafs needed from him if he still played for us. Too bad Leo Komarov (who leads the NHL in hits) wasn’t playing for the Leafs to counter Rosehill.
Rosehill clocked Joffrey Lupul, sidelining him for who knows how long with who knows
what injury, likely “concussion like symptoms.” (I hate that new NHL term, by the way.)
Oh, and by the way, Lupul has a history of concussions, three at least, if not more. Oh, and by the way, besides Nazem Kadri (who was a ghost out there Thursday) Lupul has been carrying this team towards playoff glory since he returned from….injury.
Rosehill had a winning fight, he knocked out Lupul, and he scored a goal. Where was the response from the Leafs?
After Rosehill helped to smash Lupul to the dressing room (Lupul was sandwiched between Rosehill and Flyer Adam Hall), Leafs tough guy Colton Orr stepped up to fight Rosehill…wait, where’s the positive in that, he sorta lost the fight! That didn’t help.
I was hoping to watch the buds smash and pound the Flyers into oblivion Thursday night, but it was clear from the get-go that wasn’t going to happen. It doesn’t matter that we out hit them 35-29…we didn’t play tough hockey, at all. Or smart hockey, at all.
Both of which we can do, if our heads are screwed on right, and if we’re not coming off a five-day layoff. Proof is in the standings, we were tied for fifth before the game – not bad.
The Flyers were coming off a comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens, and the Leafs were coming off…a five-day break. It showed, unfortunately. The Leafs were sluggish.
Back to the game play, hopefully to find some positives…
After killing three straight Flyer PPs (not an easy feat, considering the Flyers are #2 in NHL for PPs, so good job Leafs, hey, a positive), the Leafs scored to take a 2-1 lead in the first period; then came one of a few back breakers.
The Flyers tied the game with minutes left in the first, (off a bad line change and poor defensive play for the Leafs), following their early first period goal. Then, early in the second period, they scored again to take the lead. Those types of goals bury any hockey team.
But the Leafs hung in there, another positive, I suppose…
Down 4-2, JVR stepped up in the absence of Lupul (why can he only do this when Lupul isn’t around!) and scored a beauty goal to make it 4-3. From there, the Leafs woke up and came close to sending the game to OT…close, but not close enough.
(Side note, that was JVR’s first goal in 10 games, 9 of which Lupul played, with 13 points while JVR got benched - once.)
Here's why some Leafs fan are already worried with Lupul being out - because he can do what's in this video here, nearly any time he feels like it.
I’m willing to chalk this one up to the Leafs being off for five days. They’ve been playing great, when they’re playing a lot.
With 11 games left in the season, in 21 days, I’m confident the Leafs will get back to their winning ways and make the playoffs.
Only thing is, where the heck is Lupul going to be? On the ice, or in the press box?
Looks like we got ourselves our next Daily Poll.