On Saturday, October the 29th, the Toronto Maple Leafs faced the Pittsburgh Penguins who are the current league leader in point with 18. Before the game started I thought this was a even match up as both team started their back up goalie and the Penguins did not have Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby.
This first period started off slow in my opinion. There were 11 shots by Pittsburgh and 6 shots by Toronto. But very few scoring chances were created by either team. There were very few penalties in this game. But the Maple Leafs were able to get the first goal of the game, 15 seconds after Evgeni Malkin’s penalty when Mikhail Grabovski scored on the power play.
In the 2nd period Matt Cooke got the Penguins on the board to tie up the game a one all. But Tim Connolly scored his first goal as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Later in the period Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz tied the game from a pass from Malkin.
In the 3rd period we saw Clarke MacArthur get the goal ahead goal. But what you may not know was the effort of Dion Phaneuf keeping his legs going around the net, was the reason why MacArthur scored. Malkin potted the next puck to make the game tied a three. But the leading goal scorer for the NHL Phil Kessel got the game winning goal half way through the 3rd period. Kessel has ten goals now.
Kessel, Connolly, MacArthur, Phaneuf and Grabovski all had two points in this game. Gustavsson with his 2nd straight win, saved 34 Penguin shots.
Thoughts on the Game: It was nice to see throughout the game the Maple Leafs get the go ahead goal every time the Penguins tied the game up. I’m sure its frustrating for the opposing team to the continually tie up the score. But the Maple Leaf player were resilient against the current top team in the league and got those go ahead goal.
Lastly I would like to say that I do feel a bit bad bashing Jonas Gustavsson earlier this season. But after watching this game I certainly liked how Gustavsson played against a top team. 2 straight wins for the monster, he will be looking for his 3rd straight win as the Maple Leaf will face the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
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