Tonight the Toronto Maple Leaf faced their arch rivals the Montreal Canadiens and I am going to tell you what went down at the Bell Center in Montreal.
Montreal Brian Gionta took an early 1st period penalty which put the Maple Leafs on the power play. Well, the Maple Leafs were still getting their feet wet in this game, when Travis Moen scored a short handed goal. Later in the first period goalie James Reimer got knocked on his head, in his goalie creased and he looked dazed but stayed in the game. In the 1st, the leafs got one on the board when David Steckel tipped in a bomb that was shop by Jake Gardiner on the power play.
The start of the 2nd period surprised all of us when Reimer did not come out to play and Jonas Gustavsson did. Boy I hope Reimer is okay! Oh Boy Gustavsson is in net.
Now back to the game, the Habs got another early period goal, when Andrei Kostitsyn ripped a goal past Gustavsson, one shot one goal on the new goalie and its 2-1 Montreal. But the NHL goal leader had something to say about that when Phil Kessel got the puck in front out the net and made no mistake. A couple minutes later leafs took the 3-2 lead when Dion Phaneuf scored on a 50ft bomb of a shot.
Now one thing I do not like about the way the Maple Leafs have played this game is that once again, Montreal scores a goal 2 minutes into every period. And in the 3rd period that early goal came curtsy of Mike Cammalleri. Gustavsson bad play continues when Josh Gorges wrist a light shot through traffic. Gustavsson might as well of been playing back catcher, because he would of missed the on coming ball too. Lucky for the leafs Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal to tie the game at 4-4 and because of that, we now move on to OT.
The star of OT belong the player who scored a highlight goal and thanks to Grabovski who showed his crafty skill. The Maple Leafs came a way with a 5-4 win and 2 points.
It was a nice, gritty come back win for the Maple Leafs and their great start to the season continue. But I want to talk about Gustavsson; we all know he had a terrible season last year with only 6 wins in 23 games played. This season there was some hope of Gustavsson being a complimentary to Reimer and play 20 quality games because his contract is up at the end of the season. But after two appearances and 9 goals, as of now that I not the case. Even tough he got the win tonight I though 3 goals on 18 shots was not a good performance against a slumping Habs team. I propose that Gustavsson should go any where but on the Maple Leafs squad and bring in a more experience back up goalie that would play for a million or less for the rest of the season.