2009-11-23

Leafs Week in Review #2

Another week in Leafs Nation has passed, and it's time for another edition of Leafs Week in Review. In three games, the Leafs ended up even with a 1-1-1 record, and more calls to make sweeping changes with only four wins in 20 games.

WEEKLY STATISTICS
1-1-1 (3 pts)
8 Goals For, 11 Goals Against

TOP STORIES
A Collapsing Moment: In Thursday's game against Carolina, the Leafs blew a 3-0 lead, then a 5-4 lead and went on to lose to the Whalers 'Canes, 6-5 in the shootout. The less said about the "intent to blow" and the "phantom high-stick" debacle, the better.

Same Old Song & Dance: Again, the struggles continue for Luke Schenn. In Tuesday's game, he fought Chris "World Class Pussy" Neil, and was a marked man all night by the Senators players. He was eventually benched for (nearly) the entirety of the third period. On Friday, he had a season low 9:20 of ice time. What is going on? I have decided not to talk about the whole Schenn sophomore slump thing for the time being, to prevent myself from being a broken record.

Toska-WHA!? Part Two: Vesa Toskala again had a great week, keeping the Leafs alive with a decent effort in a losing cause against Ottawa, and completely stealing the show on Saturday against Washington. Toskala stopped 30 of 31 shots and stopped two Capitals shooters in the shootout to give the Leafs their fourth win of the season.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
Vesa Toskala - In two starts this week, the Finnish netminder was solid, earning him another spot in the Three Stars of the Week.

Niklas Hagman - He scored the goal that gave the Leafs a temporary lead against the SNES on Tuesday. Hagman also scored the tying goal against Washington, and eventually went on and won the shootout for the Leafs.

Ian White - Scored the (temporary) go-ahead goal against Carolina, after being screwed over with a four-minute high-sticking penalty by the officials.

Honorable Mention: Francois Beauchemin - Was tasked to keep an eye on Alexander Ovechkin on Saturday, and kept the explosive Caps forward to a goal. He led all Leafs players with a total of 27:12 worth of ice-time.

THE WEEK AHEAD
Next up for the Blue & White (4-11-6) are games against John Tavares & the New York Islanders (TONIGHT!), the Tampa Bay Lightning (Wednesday), and the Florida Panthers (Friday). Oddly enough, there will be no Saturday game for the Leafs this week.

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