In the past, a Toronto Maple Leafs - New York Rangers hockey game would look like a miss match on paper and on the ice. However, this isn’t the same old Maple Leafs of years past. This season the youth of the Leafs lineup has provided its fans with a real sense of belief in every game they play.
Whether the Leafs win or lose, they always provide a certain level of toughness. This is a grittier Maple Leafs squad than existed in recent years. Tonight, the Leafs would wrap up a home series with the Rangers. In game one, Toronto skated away with a 4-3 victory in front of the Toronto faithful. Tonight, the question being asked by reporters was could Toronto continue the wave a momentum they were currently enjoying.
Something to keep in mind, Toronto is down a man in Joffrey Lupul. There was some concern where would Toronto’s production be with the loss of an energetic forward with the skills of Lupul. Which Maple Leaf would step up? In the series with the Rangers, fans wouldn’t have to wait long to find out just who would step up. Phil Kessel would be the Leaf to step up to ensure that Rome doesn’t crumble in a day.
There is a reason hockey fans around the league refer to Kessel as “Phil the thrill.” When Kessel does score, he gets red hot and scores in bunches. In this current series, number 81 would pot four goals in two games.
Unfortunately, Toronto drew the short end of the stick after losing to the statue of liberty boys in a shootout. Yes, Toronto was defeated tonight in New York. However, the important thing to remember is that because the Maple Leafs still gains a point because taking it overtime. Overtime was made possible because of a third goal scored by, you guessed it, Kessel.