Maple Leafs-Hurricanes: Does Vesa Toskala Need Glasses?

Mitch. Mitchell.Correspondent IJanuary 16, 2009

Although Toskala played quite well in a 6-4 win over Carolina, the Leafs blew a 4-1 lead after two periods, allowing the Hurricanes to tie it at 4-4 late in the third.

The Leafs did play quite well. 

They were moving their feet, creating chances, and fore-checking well—except for about ten minutes beginning the third period, which allowed Carolina to tie the game.

Jason Blake probably played his best game as a Leaf, scoring three times—the third coming on a empty-netter.

We were talking about players moving their feet.

When Jason Blake is skating and controlling the puck there is no better player in the league who can be creative.

At the start of the third period I could see it all happening—at the drop of the puck, the Leafs were in the chasing mode.

It is sad to see coach Wilson have to take a time out just to get his point to Toskala that he should have had stopped a couple of shots that allowed Carolina to tie the game.

I would like to say—the last time I saw a 19-year-old D-man play the way Luke Schenn played against Carolina was a young guy named Bobby Orr.

Schenn is by all means on his way to being not only a great player, but a fine leader whom Toronto can build their team around.