Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 1

LeafsNow that was fun. We didn't just beat the Red Wings tonight, we annihilated 'em.

For the first time this season, we have ourselves a winning streak. Not only have we won two in a row, but we've secured points in seven straight games. I'm now legally obligated to present you with this warning before continuing this recap.

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Now that that business is complete, back to the celebration. Why are the Leafs suddenly competitive? Remember, it wasn't that long ago that I wrote this rant begging MLSE for real hope. What's different?

1. Goaltending - THE MONSTER (henceforth to be written in ALL CAPS at all times) is playing great, and when you get great goaltending, it's a totally different game. Vesa Toskala cannot be the #1 goalie for this team if we want to be competitive. THE MONSTER is so much better, it's almost enough on its own to give us hope.

2. The Kessel Factor - Phil Kessel is far and away the best offensive player on this team. He makes that big a difference., and he's making others, especially Blake and Mitchell, better. It's no coincidence that pucks are starting to fill the opposing net.

3. Don Cherry Was Right - This team needed some time to gel. I'm not convinced we're a playoff team, but I know we're a great deal better than that team that was winless after 8 games. We're starting to play as a unified unit, and with points #1 and #2 above, this could get interesting.

Our next victim is the lowly Wild on Tuesday night.


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Horonymous

Time for a parade.

November 7, 2009 @ 10:25 PM

Marnie

I guess I need to go north and fix all those potholes now....
YAY for the win...it's a twofer. Someone must have heard Jim's song on Thursday.

As a lifelong Leaf's fan, even I laughed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiZ2fvCB42s

He's going to have to update the song now.

November 8, 2009 @ 12:45 AM

Irvine

LOL, only in the world of a delusional moron is a 2 game winning streak "competitive".

November 8, 2009 @ 2:01 AM

VegasGeoff

Points in 7 straight games, idiot. That's competitive.

November 8, 2009 @ 6:59 AM

Zendad

Lets not forget lately the stellar play of White and Kaberle. I agreed with Don during the post game that White has really stepped up.

November 8, 2009 @ 11:19 AM

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