2009-11-15

Leafs Week in Review #1

“Hey Patrick, I have some spare change for ya”
Ron Wilson, in response to Patrick Kane's cabbie encounter

Welcome to a new feature here on Truculence is Everything, "Leafs Week in Review", in which I take a look back at the week that was in Leafs Nation. It was a bad week for the Blue & White, as they didn't post a single win in 3 games this week, and had their eight-game point streak broken with a 5-2 loss to Minnesota this past Tuesday.

WEEKLY STATISTICS
0-3-0 (0pts)
6 Goals For, 13 Goals Against

TOP STORIES
Luke Schenn's Struggles: It's been well documented that Leafs Nation's golden boy is going through a bit of a struggle, or a sophomore slump if you will. And it all came to a head on Friday, when against the Chicago Blackhawks, Schenn was posterized by Chicago's Patrick Kane, turning the puck over to the Chicago star, leading to the game's first goal. However, Schenn bounced back the following night against Calgary, being paired with recently called up defenseman Carl Gunnarsson.

Komisarek Out 3 Weeks: The Leafs suffered a huge blow when it was announced that Mike Komisarek would be out for three weeks due to a tear in his quadraceps. Komisarek originally injured himself in last Saturday's 5-1 win against Detroit, and had to leave Tuesday's game after posting a mere 2:37 in ice-time.

Shoot To Thrill, Phil: Newly-acquired Leafs forward Phil Kessel was certainly shooting the lights out this past week, notching 3 goals, and an assist in 3 games. The 21-year old sniper scored Tuesday against Minnesota on a breakaway goal, that gave the Leafs a bit of a chance. He also scored a pair on Friday against the 'Hawks, and would've nearly stolen the game for Toronto. Needless to say, he's producing.

Toska-WHA!?: Leafs Nation's whipping boy Vesa Toskala made his first start since Oct. 31st and had a (shockingly) good game against Chicago this past Friday, stopping 31 shots out of 34. And even then, the goals that Toskala let by him were not of the sort that Leaf fans have derided him for.

O RLY?: Leafs goaltender Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson was surprisingly pulled on Saturday after allowing 3 quick goals on 5 shots early on against Calgary.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
Phil Kessel: A 3 goal, 1 assist week in three games for Phil the Thrill, plus he's currently riding on a 5 game point streak.

Vesa Toskala: Looked good on Friday against Chicago, and did his best against Calgary on Saturday, allowing only two goals on the evening.

Carl Gunnarsson: Made his Leafs (and NHL) debut in Saturday's loss against Calgary, and looked good all game long alongside Luke Schenn.

THE WEEK AHEAD
Next up for Toronto (3-10-5), are two road dates against the Ottawa Senators (Tuesday) and the Carolina Hurricanes (Thursday). The Leafs then return home to the ACC to host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (Saturday).

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