Toronto Maple Leafs' Top 5 Goals of the Season Thus Far
As the Leafs close out the month of March, we look back at what was a busy two-and-a-half-month stretch for the Maple Leafs in which they accumulated a 20-12-4 record, good for a tie of fifth in the conference along with the Ottawa Senators at 44 points.
The first half featured lots of ups and certainly plenty of downs, but all in all, Leaf fans should be happy with the season thus far.
So here's a look at the Leafs' top-five goals from this season so far.
5. Frazer McLaren's Game-Winning Goal vs Boston
This one may just go down as the oddest goal scored this season by any Leaf, but my goodness it was clutch, and it was pretty. Who would've guessed Frazer McLaren would provide the heroics on this night?
4. Matt Frattin's Overtime Winner in Buffalo
Matt Frattin's first of two appearances in the top five, this goal was pure magic, scored with only 0.1 seconds left on the clock. What makes this goal so impressive was that the Leafs only had eight seconds to get the puck up the ice, and better off, Frattin didn't receive the outlet pass very well and had skate after the puck a little bit.
The Leafs needed the goal because we all know what could've happened in the shootout: another loss.
3. Matt Frattin's Go-Ahead Goal Versus Washington
This was by far the prettiest two-man goal this season for the Leafs. The initial evasion by Kadri was nice, then how Frattin accepted the initial pass was a thing of beauty. The pass by Kadri at the end through a bunch of legs and Frattin's curl-and-drag wrist finish make this goal a top-three goal of the season.
2. Nazem Kadri Undresses Lubomir Visnovsky in Long Island
This goal will likely go down as Kadri's best this season. There was so much to like about it. But best of all, the goal counted as Kadri's third goal of the night and his first-ever NHL hat trick. A goal Nazem, and Leafs Nation, will remember for a long time going forward.
1. Joffrey Lupul Goes Coast to Coast Verses the Hurricanes for the Game Winner
This was a heroic effort by Joffrey Lupul. The Leafs trailed 3-2 with only around six minutes to go in the game. A game-tying goal on the power play by Dion Phaneuf evened the contest. That's when Joffrey Lupul took over.
This goal might have solidified Toronto's chances of earning their first playoff berth in close to 10 years. It pushed the Hurricanes further back in the standings, and it also allowed the Leafs to get closer to the Northeast Division leaders Montreal, Boston and Ottawa.