Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Leafs let a valuable point slip away
This is not a put down of the Islanders but for the Leafs to finish in the top 8, they cannot afford to give up points to teams below them in the standings. Especially considering there are twice as many teams ahead of them compared to those behind the Leafs.
The Leafs came back from one goal deficits three times but could never take the lead before losing in overtime 4-3.
This game had a little bit of everything including Keith Aulie's first NHL goal. James Reimer made a terrific save on a Matt Martin breakaway and followed that up on a penalty shot save when Dion Phaneuf was called for hooking on the play. Oh and one of reasons this game even made it to overtime was because the Islanders hit 3 posts and a crossbar.
The Leafs were outshot 40-27 and out hit 30-20. The Islanders even had an edge on blocked shots 17-14. Once again their futile powerplay failed to score. I think it's been 5 games now.