Maple Leafs-Canucks: Curtis Joseph Saves the Day, but Not the Game

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Maple Leafs-Canucks: Curtis Joseph Saves the Day, but Not the Game

So I was sitting in front of my computer last night, around 9pm, and I was browsing through a couple of live streams to find the best one to tune into the Leafs Vs. Nucks game.

(I'd love to explain why this game meant so much to me, but it'd be easier if you guys just read my bio.)

I was really hoping this game would earn me some serious bragging rights, but things don't always turn out the way you want them to, eh? Oh well, still better than the 6-1 loss last time—we're improving!

 

Goaltending

It doesn't matter whether you're a Leafs fan or not, you know that Vesa Toskala is a solid goaltender and is one of the reasons the Leafs are having success. Was Vesa Toskala the reason the Leafs lost last night? I doubt it. Even though he let four out of nine shots in, he still went for every shot and didn't lose confidence.

Perhaps if CuJo had started, the four goals wouldn't have happened—I'm not saying he would have stopped every puck, but he may have limited them to three or two. I'll admit that I've seen better from Toskala, but I was not very disappointed in his performance last night.

 

Defense

There's nothing much I can say about the defense of the Leafs last night. They played well at times, and were pretty terrible at times as well. Luke Schenn played well, but I was really hoping to see a little more from Colaiacovo.

We saw lots of Tomas Kaberle and Kubina, but where was Anton Stralman? I didn't see him a lot at the beginning, but then began to notice him. If he wants to stay in the NHL, he's got to start taking it to the next level and show the world what he can do.

 

Offense

I didn't like the Leafs' offense very much last night either. Yes, they were quick and took lots of shots, but I didn't see anything impressive.

The two goals and the five-on-three power plays were nice, but I've seen better from the Leafs' forwards. Maybe they couldn't get the puck in the net because Roberto Luongo was in, but Stajan and White scored, and they really didn't do anything special that players like Antropov and Ponikarovski couldn't do.

They still got goals on Luongo, though, so I'll congratulate them on that.

 

I was pretty disappointed by the result—but hey, there's another opportunity this season to get even. And you can bet that I'll be there, watching all the way from Chile.

And now, I leave you with this.

 

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