Saturday, April 07, 2007

Leafs 6 Habs 5

Now that was one messed up game. For a couple of teams that were fighting for a playoff spot, they sure as hell were fragile mentally.
The Leafs came out in the first all guns firing, out shooting the Habs 23 to fricking 9 in the 1st period, and only having a 2-1 lead to show for it. Thank Huet for that.
But then the 2nd period was the extreme opposite. It turned into the Michael Ryder show. As soon as Andrew Raycroft let in a weak one off his glove, the dominant Leafs lost all of their confidence and looked like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. Typical Leafs. Where the hell did their defence go? Same place as always..into the shitter.
Ryder had a 2nd-period hat trick in under 5 minutes, helping the Habs go up 5-4, and silencing the ACC crowd. I was so pissed off that I went home and got my Sundin jersey and brought it back to the party. I was going to burn it in disgrace and shame.
But when the Habs got into penalty trouble early in the 3rd, the Leafs capitalized with 2 powerplay goals in the first 3:43 of the final frame. All of a sudden, the Leafs went into a trap-mode that they should have executed all along, and really shut the Habs down.
What a game. It was ludicrous.
The Leafs will all sit down and watch the Islanders/Devils game tomorrow and pray for a Devils win.
Will the Devils play Brodeur? Probably, just to give him the chance to own the wins record and not let Luongo tie him.
Regardless of the outcomes today and tomorrow, do the Leafs or Islanders stand a chance against the Sabres in Round 1?
Can it possibly feel any better that the Leafs burned those motherf**king Habs?! I love it!! Maybe the Habs should have kept Bulis! Maybe someone should have shot Kovalev and Samsonov this season, to put them out of their misery!
Maybe neither one of these teams really deserved to be in the playoffs in the first place. It seems laughable sometimes.

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At April 7, 2007 at 7:52 p.m. , Anonymous noah said...

If Brodeur wants the wins record, that gives us hope. But after getting into the playoffs last year on a roll and flaming out in the second round, who knows...

I have mixed feelings about the win, having already predicted the Islanders to make it in; this was before they lost DiPietro naturally, but still...

At April 7, 2007 at 8:08 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I don't know if the Isles have a chance tomorrow. The Devils have owned them all year, and Lou isn't going to let the Devils cave in.

At April 7, 2007 at 10:49 p.m. , Anonymous noah said...

you'd hope Lou won't... but still, I refuse to get too excited until after the game. the leafs may not be good at many things, but they are good at crushing hopes and dreams; witness the past 50 years.

even if they make it in, i don't put too much hope into them making it through the first round. except that they're already written off by everyone, and for some reason that's when they tend to do their best.

maybe they should get a few more serious injuries to spark them to a winning streak...

At April 7, 2007 at 11:43 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"they're already written off by everyone, and for some reason that's when they tend to do their best."

It's true. I wouldn't write them off completely against the Sabres if they make it, but the odds are stacked against them.
This team has to learn in the next few days to play better defensively or they are fucked.
I do admire how the Buds step it up considerably in the post season though, but even so, they are always prone to give up a lot of odd-man rushes.

At April 8, 2007 at 12:34 a.m. , Blogger James said...

I mentioned the same thing about burning my leafs shirt.. granted it is just a rugby shirt with a leafs logo on it, and it's ratty as hell.. But I was steamed after that 2nd period. Leafs really need "razor" to step it up considerably if they want to get anywhere. That and get another brain other than Kaberle's for the defensemen to all share.

Frankly, I'm happy the leafs denied the habs a place in the postseason. I'm almost hoping the isles win tomorrow to save us the mocking if the leafs get blown out in the first round. Although, they have slapped buffalo around on occasion.

I'd frankly rather not have leafs management point to the being in the playoffs as a "success", frankly it was just there were more teams in the east who sucked even worse than them.


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