Someone that knows hockey would also mention the play started with Schenn and Exelby allowing two hawks players to slip behind them. XLB was able to cut his off, while Schenn had his man pull away. That man, then got control of the puck downlow (because of the gap Schenn created) and they controlled the puck. Then Primeau got the puck just inside the blueline and was stripped on an easy chip-out play. Then, the third time we should've gotten the puck out, it went to Stajan, who was limited in his ability to cross the red line due to the Hawks pressure and knowing this was the Leafs 4th line, made a soft dump against the boards that started rolling on him and went all the way down because of it. Didn't Stajan also win the draw back to the d-men on the play as well, which should've been an easy out?
Schenn had time and space behind the net, waited too long, put the puck into the middle of the ice where Kane was able to gain control in a prime scoring area. He should've been moving to the outside to flip it out to center or make an outlet pass. Just a brutal play on his behalf. Sometimes when you're slow, your mind stops working, it looks like that was the case with Schenn on the play. Mix that with his average puck skills and terrible acceleration and it was clearly his error.
Had Stajan hammered it down the ice, I'd agree that it was a screw-up, but he made a soft dump that wouldn't have gone for icing had it not hopped up on it's side.
Weird, someone who was watching the game, not just throwing asinine insults because we lost. He did win the draw after his "disasterous" icing.
Honestly, we had three goals, but only two ended up on the board. I'm not happy about that officiating, and someone should take a fine complaining about it. Burke makes lots of money, he should man-up and speak his mind. What a joke, we definitely need all the help we can get.
Not a very good first period, but overall a pretty good effort.
A bit annoying that we lose on a legit dissallowed goal, and on a horrific giveaway by Schenn after a stupid icing and no timeout call.
But we played pretty well against a good team overall. Toskala played well, but a bigger goalie stops that 2nd goal just by being bigger.
and Kessel is just awesome. what a steal of a trade.
but we need more Kessels.
What an ignorant thing to say. Toskala was outstanding last night. His performance was right up there with any one that Gustavvson had, if not better. So you still find a way to criticize him with a really absurde statement like that? "Gusto's bigger he stopps it!!!" Ya, a slap shot through a screen of players, that tips off Kulemin then a Chicago player and hits the right post before going in, Gusto woulda stopped right?" "Cause hes the master of positioning"
Does Gusto stop 5 breakaways last night? Does he rob Towes, Kane etc... point blank?