Saturday, October 14, 2006

No Lead is Safe

Leaf fans can attest to that after that terrible third period they played on Thursday.

It is one of the great things about the re-birth of the NHL. Teams are never out of a game, no matter the goal differential. I used to be a big fan of the grinding style of play we saw just a few years back, but in 2001, a two goal lead in the third was money in the bank. Heck, a two goal lead in the second period and it was pretty much game over as the opposing team would simply throw a blanket over the other team in the neutral zone.

Not in the 'new' NHL. The Leafs, not used to playing with a lead over the past season or so, clearly gave a demonstration in what not to do with a lead. They should have kept blasting Marty with pucks, they should have kept skating... but they choose to sit back, taking a number of stupid penalties. Throw in some non-stellar work between the pipes from Aubin, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Calgary tonight, which should be a real barn-burner in terms of energy and atmosphere. Man do I wish the Leafs had Iginla...

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