Take notice, veterans. The rookies mean business.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, devastated by injuries and three heartbreaking losses, called in reinforcements from the Marlies. Dominic Moore, and Robbie Earl joined the parent club on a line with Boyd Devereaux in last night’s battle of Ontario.
Rather than be intimidated by the change of scenery, Moore and Earl stole the show.
The 27-year-old Moore opened the scoring at 9:32 of the first with a nice feed from the hardworking Devereaux along the boards. The Leafs were buzzing, outshooting and outskating the Sens at every turn.
Ray Emery was solid in the Ottawa net, though several large rebounds caused anxious moments for his teammates. Jiri Tlusty made him pay dearly when he banged home a juicy rebound on the powerplay, also in the first period.
Like the new guys on the ice, Thulsty has building momentum of late, with two goals in as many games. Kyle Wellwood and Matt Stajan played solidly from end to end, with great chances and smart defensive coverage.
Jason Blake and Carlo Colaiacovo also picked up the pace, particularly in the third. Colaiacovo came in off the blue line to score on a wide open net after great work on the boards by Moore and Earl to get the puck in front. Soon after, Blake showed a little finesse in addition to his usual speed, fooling Emery with a beautiful move to make it 4-2.
If I were Steen, Tucker, Ponikarovsky, or Kilger, I’d be getting a little nervous about my job.
With the trade deadline looming, no one is safe.