Maple Leafs 2, Rangers 1
The Toronto Maple Leafs powerplay strategy this season is clear. Pass around the puck, get the puck to Bryan McCabe at the blue line and let him wind up and rifle a shot at the net. Ideally, McCabe scores like he did twice last night. If he doesn't score, there might be a rebound to pound home. So far, this strategy seems to be working.
I'm puzzled by our current team. On paper, they shouldn't be very good. I wasn't expecting to win as many games as we lost this season. The defense is paper thin and the offense is either young, fringe or lacking in skill. Between the pipes, our #1 is an old man and our #2 is unproven. This season appeared to be a write-off of sorts, merely a necessary stage on our route to the 2006-2007 season and higher aspirations. Knowing all this, I've been watching a pretty good team this year. There have been a few off-nights, but for the most part the effort has been there and we've only lost seven times in nineteen games.
Maybe we're good? Maybe if Belfour plays well and McCabe and Tomas Kaberle stay healthy we can surprise a team or two in the second season. Maybe we will have that parade...
|Current Record||Last Games||Season Leaders|
3rd in Northeast
|2-1 Win vs. New York Rangers
5-4 Win vs. Montreal
5-2 Loss vs. Buffalo
|B. McCabe - 25
J. O'Neill - 18
J. Allison - 17
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