It's naive to look at one game when there are 82 in the season.
It's naive to celebrate a hollow win, a meaningless win, a prohibitive win, when there are higher stakes in play.
It's not obtuse to point out that there is a forest beside those trees
To claim that the team is directionless and has no good prospects is to be obtuse. To deny that they are the youngest team in the league and have just made a significant change of direction in their coaching is being obtuse. Prohibitive win? Higher stakes? Aren't you being just a bit of a drama queen?
I was happy that of all the Ottawa players to score on their own net it was Karlsson, because tonight Hughson, Simpson and Healy couldn't stop always saying how great a player he is. Plus it's always great hearing Alfredsson get booed in Ottawa by the Leafs fans.
I get some people looking at the draft pick position, but *****ing about the team winning games...how pathetic can you get? People are complaining about being mediocre because you finish 9th and worsen your pick at the draft....high draft picks are only meaningful to the future of a team when the team is simply bad and requires skill to get better. High draft picks do not salvage a team who has zero spirit, pride or motivation to try and win. If anyone feels the need to waste their breath over seeing your team work hard and win games, then maybe you should just find another team to cheer for and save yourself and others the trouble of having to hear you moan about it. Every team has their ups and downs, but it's those peaks and valleys that separate the good teams from the not so good teams.
I'm happy to see that team turning a corner and making noticeable improvements in their defense. The offense is slowly come around as well. The amount of penalty minutes was staggering but I found it enjoyable. I particularly tip my cap to Grabovski for jumping in and sticking up for his rookie teammate and newest linemate. The fact that Grabo jumped in on Neil of all players only reinforces his reputation of being an 'all heart' kind of guy.
Sucks to see Reimer lose yet another shutout so close to the close of the game but the wins are more important. I think these wins are important to the team's confidence so I won't complain when they happen.
Hearing Alfie get booed in his home building makes me smile every single time, I love it. Can you imagine if the real Leaf fans who attend all our road games filled up the ACC for a game? We would easily rival the Bell Centre or MTS Centre for loudness no doubt.
I think we are starting to see the influence of Dave Farrish on Jake Gardiner, also subtle differences in Carlyle's all for 1 approach. Grabo stepping in for Ashton was a milestone for this team, give him a lot of cred for that. Nice to see this team stand up for each other.