Toronto Maple Leafs: The calm before the storm

By Anthony Sicilia
Photographer: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

If you are part of the Leafs nation fan base like I am, then like me you were sitting on the edge of your seat anticipating the start of the third period.  To be honest with you, the Carolina Hurricanes had all the momentum.

Going into the third frame of action, the hope for a Toronto Maple Leafs win seemed all but gone. It is no secret to Leafs fans who dominated the second period. But as I would later to come learn, it isn’t over until the clock strikes zero.

This game featuring the Leafs and Canes was a crucial one. Toronto had just put an end to a five game slide by defeating the  Florida Panthers  3-2.  A win against the Hurricanes would see the blue and white gain 42 points.

As the third period began, Toronto looked sleepy and Carolina looked to take over the action. That was until Leafs captain Dion Phanuef scored a goal.  The captain’s goal not only tied the game at three a piece, but it also seemed to be the spark that the Leafs needed to wake up from their slumber.

Moments later, Joffery Lupul went end to end to score a goal that put the blue and white warriors up 4-3.  Minutes later, Maple Leafs Jay Clement and Nikolai Kulemin scored back to back empty net goals.  The final score was 6-3 in favor of Toronto. With the victory, the Maple Leafs now have 42 points. Suddenly Leafs nation is smiling because the recent slide of five straight has now spun into a two game win streak.

On Saturday night, the Maple Leafs will have a tough test ahead of them as they square off against their Ontario rivals the Ottawa Senators. The action gets underway at 7pm and can be seen on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), live from our nation’s capital of Ottawa.

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