Thursday, January 04, 2007

Beantown beatdown
Maple Leafs 10, Bruins 2

Wow. What else can you say?

It couldn't have been a pleasurable night in the seats at the TD Banknorth Garden, where the recently improved Bruins took a big step back with an embarrassing loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The most perplexing part of how lopsided this game ended up being is just how beaten up Toronto was coming in, as the Leafs are missing Darcy Tucker, Mike Peca, Kyle Wellwood, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov from their forward corps alone.

A team without a lot of firepower to begin with, Toronto had all kinds of production from unlikely places tonight:

Alex Steen — hat trick, five points, +4, 17:04 ice time
Matt Stajan — two goals, four points, +4, 19:12 ice time
Johnny Pohl — one goal, three points, +2, 16:55 ice time
Boyd Devereaux — three assists, +3, 18:02 ice time
Bates Battaglia — two goals, +3, 23:08 ice time
Kris Newbury — one goal, two points, +3, 13:16 ice time
Ian White — two assists, +6, 19:59 ice time
Tim Thomas — 10.02 GAA, .742 save pct.

It makes you wonder who's suiting up for the Marlies at the moment. That — and if Thomas might be looking at the want ads in Finland.


At 10:42 p.m., January 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a game! This will hopefully help build Steen's confidence (5 goals in 5 games since reuniting with Sundin) as well as Stajan's (recent double digit stretch without a point). Boyd Devereaux is looking to become this year's Chad Kilger for JFJ as he has put up 1-4-5 in his 4 games with the big club.

The Marlie are in rough shape without a lot of their top players. They got waxed by Syracuse 8-1 in their last game.

At 10:50 p.m., January 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: Devereaux has 1-5-6 in 4 games.

And coming into the game tonight the Leafs had the 6th ranked offence in the NHL.

At 10:52 p.m., January 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think they're going to jump to third, behind only Buffalo and Anaheim, in goal scoring after tonight.

And speaking of the Marlies, I'll be at their game against Iowa on Saturday, which should be interesting given both the parent clubs have really raided the AHL teams' rosters.

At 10:53 p.m., January 04, 2007, Blogger Kizz said...

Woof, what a painful night. I was on the phone with my dad in Beantown just as things started to go south for the Bs. Sigh. Congratulations Leafs fans!

At 11:09 p.m., January 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very classless running up the score like that.

At 11:20 p.m., January 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amusing thing is, Boston was actually the better team by a large margin in the 1st period. Up until the Leafs scored 3 goals in 42 seconds late in the 2nd it was still a very winnable game.
They were only down 3-2 at that point, and while they'd been outplayed in the 2nd they were clearly the better team in the first.
Once Toronto put those extra 3 goals in rapid succession on the board it just started getting silly. Their entire team pretty much ceased to put forth any effort whatsoever, and unsurprisingly that led to their being hopelessly outclassed the rest of the way.

FWIW, I definitely don't think this was an example of running up the score. Normally I find that aggravating but there just wasn't anything you can really blame them for.
The Leafs top line was pretty much benched in the 3rd period and minus Stajan it doesnt seem like any of their significant players did anything at all offensively.
When a bunch of rejects like Pohl/Battaglia/Newbury are carrying the offence and the top line is sitting on the bench and goals are still coming... just not a whole lot Maurice could do to make the end result less embarassing.

At 12:11 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

What is also impressive is that only 1 of the 10 goals was a PP goal.

At 12:37 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger Desdemona said...

Very classless running up the score like that.

It would be classless if they had put their top guys on the ice once the score was secured, but they didn't. 14 different Leafs got points tonight (including Raycroft) and Sundin, O'Neil and Kaberle each only had one point (not goals).

In the third, Battaglia and Stajan each had more ice time than Sundin.

At 2:51 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a gayer complaint than "running up the score"? You're being paid millions of dollars to play at least 60 minutes. If you can't bother to try, you should get hammered 10-2. In fact, if I were Maurice I'd have double-shifted the top line and run it up to 15-2. And if any Beantown bozos tried to run my guys, I'd get out there in my loafers and take care of business myself. Running up the score. pfpfpfpfpf.

At 9:08 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmm, "running up the score"... It's clear you haven't any idea what you're talking about... The top line was already benched (the right thing to do), so what are you expecting here? Multi-shift lines 3 & 4 the rest of the game and sit lines 1 & 2 entirely? Tell Aubin and the trainers to change into their gear and create line 5 in order to bench line 3? When your 3rd & 4th liners are scoring hand over fist, what does that tell you about the competition? And for a guy who was so snake-bit for like 20+ games to get a hat-trick, again what does that tell you about the Bruins effort to try and maintain some of their pride?

Face it, on some nights there will be times when teams just aren't mentally or physically in the game, being paid zillions as pros or not. And last night was one of those nights for the B's. So to immediately cast blame and say how classless it was to run up the score, take a look at the facts and look at which lines actually did the scoring and who got what type of ice time. Then that should tell you what type of fight the Bruins actually put up...

At 11:01 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous joe said...

At 11:09 PM, January 04, 2007, J.R. Hippe said...
Very classless running up the score like that.

Oh give me a freaking BREAK. Bates Battaglia and Kris Newbury were running up the score?

So how could the Leafs have shown more class? Pulling Raycroft in the last minute and putting 7 goals in their own net to make it seem less bad while still getting the win?

Jesus H Christ -- take off your anti-Leaf goggles for a nanosecond. Actually, you know what? Don't. The more idiots like you there are out there, the less Leaf fans come across as looking like the delusional whack-jobs.

At 12:17 p.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how about this new rough and tough roster? I like the fact we have a line of all fighters. It was an asset that was sorely missing.

At 8:12 p.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boston's defense was very bad; Thomas actually made some nice saves, and only let in a few questionable ones after it was 6-2 in the 3rd. Also, the Leafs killed their own powerplay in the 3rd by passing it around in their own end; they did not run up the score. Boston needs a wake up call; they were very bad; any team in the league would have beaten them, even my kings.

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