Game 10: Technical Difficulties
Anybody want to take over a Leafs fan blog? Just kidding! (Maybe.)
So the Leafs lost 2-0 to New York tonight. At least, I think that was the final score. Near the end, I curled up in the fetal position and closed my eyes for a bit.
Technical difficulties. This is the only explanation I can offer. The Leafs are experiencing technical difficulties and if someone doesn't quickly grab and twist the rabbit ears it could be a long season, one that's filled with test patterns and snowy reception.
I mean, holy hell.
The Leafs managed to direct 71 shots toward the opposition net. That's more than a shot per minute. Unfortunately, Ranger skaters blocked 35 of those shots. And then, well, Henrik Lundqvist stopped the other 36.
But in this barrage of vulcanized rubber, there were some notable exceptions:
- SHOTS ON GOAL BY PHIL KESSEL: 0
- SHOTS ON GOAL BY MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI: 0
- SHOTS ON GOAL BY CLARKE MACARTHUR: 1
- SHOTS ON GOAL BY NIKOLAI KULEMIN: 1
So there was lots of noise but the big guns were silent.
How many games can this team expect to win if Dion Phaneuf and Francois Beauchemin account for 33 per cent of all shots? How many games can this team expect to win if the guy in our net lets in one or two that should have been stopped and the guy in the other net stops one or two that should have scored?
Last question before I return to the fetal position: Is Don Cherry right? Is it time to bring up Nazem Kadri?
UPDATE 11:55 P.M.: Photographer Steve Russell, my friend and colleague, was shooting the game for The Star tonight. He uploaded some great pictures over here.