I should've expected the Phaneuf hate, but not this early.
Phaneuf looks lazy because he's reserving his energy! He played almost half the game! Of course he's not gonna run to every puck like a Mike Brown. He has to be smart about how he plays. Unfortunately, for him, Carlyle is going to play him like crazy and its gonna make him seem lazy, but he's just being smart by reserving energy.
You'll know he's being lazy when he's being beaten wide, but he didn't let anyone around him that game.
With that said, he's still clearly rusty. His hands seemed a bit off, just like everyone else on the ice, and I'm sure he'll improve each game.
By the way, I thought Kessel looked great out there. Was very impressed by him.
Lupul... not so much.
There is no half speed. It's all out all the time, shape up or ship out. If he can't handle 45 second shifts get off in 30. If you can't go 100 percent don't go out.
This is stupid..... a slow non athletic goaltender we hadd not too long ago won the conn smythe.
Giguere in his prime was a very athletic goalie who played a very tightly controlled systematic game. Reimer has certain limitations when it comes to reflexes, namely lateral mobility and terrible glove hand and it looks like his puck tracking is also not fantastic.
I'm sure this has already been beaten to death but I really like Komarov out there. I know its only been ONE game but he looks like a faster, more aggressive, and cheaper version of Armstrong. Seemed like a way better pest too.
I really like that 3rd line with the two pests who can hit (Kadri, Komarov) and then the strong forchecker with a good scoring edge in JVR.
I think the best part about last night's game was that the players who had major question marks around them really had great games (Scrivens, Kadri, Kostka, Liles, Franson, Komarov). Just a terrific team game which is good to see. I also love that the Leafs are rolling three scoring lines with the usual top 6 and JVR-Kadri-Komarov on the 3rd line. I've been suggesting that the Leafs put Kadri on a 3rd scoring line for a while and this line looked great. Also happy to see Orr dressed.
Just wanted to throw Bozak a bone here. He had a decent game. Did everything I expect out of him but watching him throw his weight around with a couple of hits was a pleasant surprise. Looks stronger this year.
I like the flow he's grown back from is University of Denver days. Suits him well.