Oct 15, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and center Dave Bolland (63) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
After suffering a crushing defeat to the St. Louis Blues, The Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs into the United Center. The Maple Leafs are 6-2-0 this season. There is genuine hope in Toronto this season, after an early first round exit last season. Here are five thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
5. Interesting goalie situation: The Maple Leafs have an interesting goalie situation. James Reimer last season was 19-8 with 92.4% and 2.46 goals against. Yet after last season the Maple Leafs traded for Jonathan Bernier. Bernier who has not started more than 25 games in a season and was Jonathan Quick’s backup. This season Reimer is 2-0 with a 3.18 goals against, while Bernier is 4-2-0 with a 1.98 goals against for the season. Reimer was injured recently, so Bernier should continue to get the majority of the starts for now.
4. Phil Kessel effect: Everyone knows that Kessel was the 5th overall pick of the Boston Bruins. He was traded after the 2008-09 season, because he didn’t live up to the hype. Kessel did finally blossom in Toronto going from a 55 point guy to an 80 point guy. Kessel this offseason signed an 8 year 64 million. Can he live up to hype?
3. The Brawl: Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Jon Scott started a fight with Phil Kessel. The fight turned into a brawl between both lines of the Buffalo Sabers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel got off easy and was suspended for only preseason. David Clarkson got suspended 10 games for jumping off the bench and entering the fight. The fight was highlighted by an exchange of blows between Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier. This brawl proves that the Leafs will not hesitate to drop the gloves.
2. Game 7 Collapse: Everyone in Toronto probably remembers where they were when Patrice Bergeron ended the Leafs season. The leafs as everyone remembers blew a 4-1 to lead with less than 6 minutes to play in game 7 to the Boston Bruins. What if the Leafs had won the game? Would they have been playing the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals? I’m sure everyone is Toronto is circling their first game with the Bruins.
1. The Return of Dave Bolland: The Rat returns to the United Center for his first and only appearance this season. Bolland will always be beloved for scoring the game winning goal 17 seconds after Bryan Bickell scored the game tying goal in the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Finals. Bolland should receive a HUGE ovation from the United Center faithful. People should not forget Bolland was not only huge in the 2012-13 Stanley Cup run but he was also big in the 2009-10 seasons. All Blackhawks fans wish Bolland the best just not on Saturday night.
Do people agree with my thoughts on the Maple Leafs??