Morning “Leafs Nation.” The search is over. We’ve found our #1 Goalie I think. Last nights game showed that “The Monster” is the real deal.
After facing only two shots in the first period which he handled with relative ease, my concern going in to the second period tied 0-0 was that Dallas’ shooters would wake up and start peppering Gustavsson.
It’s hard for a goalie to find his rhythm when they’re not tending to the puck much. This was not the case last night as Gustavsson stepped up in a huge way as Dallas came alive in the second.
Dallas finally got lucky as Richards managed to bank his shot off of Ian White’s skate beating “The Monster” at 15:13 of the second. Gustavsson was the equal to Marty Turco last night, and that is saying a lot as Turco played a huge game for Dallas last night. If not for the stellar play of the Dallas netminder the score would have been a lot different.
Gustavsson played a near perfect game last night, a slight mistake in the first playing the puck above the goal line passing it behind the net resulting in a delay of game penalty served by Kaberle.
Gustavsson displayed great rebound control, played big in the net, and challenged the shooters all night. The only shots that got behind him were lucky bounces or the beautiful tip shot by Ribeiro.
Last night games showed that this team is finally coming together and I believe has finally gained some confidence in their netminder and his name is Gustavsson.
If you wanted to complain about this game or find a fault in the team last night you could only look to the coach. Marc Crawford kept putting Ribeiro and Richards out every other shift as they are his hot hands and were the ones pressing the action and causing us to fall apart in our own end. Remember I said, “if,” you wanted to complain.
Fear not “Leafs Nation” our team is going to start winning some games soon. They’re gaining confidence and their settling in to a rhythm, by the time Kessel takes the ice we’ll already have a few wins under our belts. And with Kessel the wins will become a usual thing.
The Leafs will make the playoffs this year, and I believe all the way. Sweep the streets in June Toronto, Lord Stanley’s Cup is coming home.
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