Welcome to the first edition of a brand new feature here on B/R called Toronto Maple Leafs: Weekly Top Five, or for short TML: WTF.
As we gear up for the next chapter in the Battle Of Ontario, let's take a look back at the past week in Leafs Nation.
The Leafs fell behind quickly, but got back in the game with a tally from big Kazakh Nik Antropov. Antropov used his big frame to wreak havoc in front of the Ducks net, and managed to put in a rebound from an odd angle.
A pretty unorthodox move that has only been done twice before in NHL history: The Toronto Maple Leafs proceeded to switch goaltenders specifically for the shoot-out. Curtis Joseph was installed in the Maple Leafs net, after Ron Wilson took Vesa Toskala out of the game. This after Vesa had played sixty-five strong minutes. Toskala wasn't upset about it though, and cheered on his teammates. Unfortunately, the Leafs lost the shoot-out.
Tuesday night the Maple Leafs found themselves in a 2-0 hole early, and down 2-1 in the closing minutes of the game. After fast and furious pressure by the Leafs (which basically was carried through the whole third period) the Leafs finally tied the game and forced overtime, as Nik Antropov cashed in to even the contest.
Yeah, not a bright spot for the Leafs, but no doubt this is a must see moment from the past week. Boston's second year power forward, Milan Lucic, lines up Van Ryn and delivers a crushing blow, sending Van Ryn through the glass. Of course it's only made sweeter by No. 26, Mike Van Ryn scoring a sweet wrister to get the Leafs back in the game.
Despite being pulled for Tuesday's shoot-out, Vesa Toskala had a fantastic week for the Maple Leafs, allowing four goals in two games, and making several big saves. The first example above is a point blank stop on Milan Lucic. This save on Corey Perry from Tuesday night was a dandy as well.
You know, when doing a weekly countdown, I am faced with a tough decision. Ten plays might be too many, but sometimes five isn't enough. This is why I have also come up with the Honourable Mention award, which this week goes to Anton Stralman.
Stralman had luck of both varieties on his side Thursday night in Boston. Early on in the game, Boston took a 2-0 lead after a Bruins shot deflected off Stralman's stick and into the net. Stralman however, had his revenge in this week's Honourable Mention, tallying what eventually would be the game winner as the Leafs got past the B's 3-2.