Hey everybody, last night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights started out great but I’m sure just like me, you probably got a little anxious as the game went on. I mean, a two goal lead is a lock to win the game right? (sarcasm: a two goal lead early in a game is considered one of the worst in hockey)
I’m usually terrible at guessing the score ahead of time, but I’m 2 for 2 lately. Well, kinda sorta.
Kadri started off the scoring with his 7th (PPG) but then 38 seconds later James Neal tied it up with his 8th, a very lucky goal off his skate at that. JVR got his 6th but it was all Matthews carrying the puck in the zone and going around the D like the fucken stud he is. Kadri followed that up by getting his 8th (2nd of the game). Vegas’ goalie really should have had that one but hey, take them when you can.
Now that the Leafs had their two goal lead, it was starting to fall apart a little bit. They were taking penalties, deserved or not, and were down 5 on 3 at one point. That penalty kill showed how Hainsey and Brown can rise up to the occasion. Smith got a PPG at 18:50 to make it 3-2. In the third, Engelland tied it up at 6:16.
After the OT, the part that I was happy to see was that Babcock gave Marner the first shot at scoring in the shootout and Andersen came up big when it counted. So showing both players can be clutch when they need to be. But also, let’s keep some perspective here and remember that Vegas is an expansion team and Lagace is their fourth string goalie.
Quick Games Stats:
- Kadri led the team with 2 points (both goals)
- Kadri, Hyman and Carrick led the team with 4 shots on goal each
- Gardiner lead the team in TOI with 25:14
- Matthews had the most ice time for a forward with 21:11 (so much for being sore)
- Andersen saved 25 of 28 shots for a save percentage of 0.8929
- Vegas out shot the Leafs 28 -25
Their next game is against the Minnesota Wild this Wednesday at the ACC. The Wild lost 5-3 against a very injured Bruins team last night. So hopefully, they suck again tomorrow.
Have a good one.