Sometimes a tie feels more like a win. With Eddie Belfour having a rare less-than-spectacular night, it would have been very easy for the Leafs to roll over when trailing 4-2 in the third. They've had a great run and a couple of losses to close out the calendar year would be excused. Owen Nolan, however, refused to accept defeat. He scored two third-period goals to help the Leafs rally for a 4-4 tie with the Florida Panthers and salvage a point on the road.
Darcy Tucker is quietly having an excellent season. His first period goal made it goals in three consecutive games for Tucker and four in his last five. As the last remaining member of the Tucker-Corson-Green trifecta, it seems Tucker has realized he must play to his full potential or he too could be booted out of town. Last season Tucker and Bryan McCabe had terrible seasons, leading my brothers and I to believe in the jersey jinx. Thankfully, both have returned to form and the jersey jinx has been dismissed as nothing more than speculation and hearsay.
Current Record Last GameSeason Leaders21-7-7-3
50 points4-4 Tie vs. Florida PanthersM. Sundin - 37
O. Nolan - 28
G. Roberts - 24