The Maple Leafs came into town last night looking for a win but our boys just wouldn't let them have it. They kept battling back, eventually just steamrolling over the 'Leafs.
A big CONGRATS must be made to Martin Hanzal who scored his first career hat trick. Also, I read that his parents were in town for that. That is awesome they got to see it.
Telly started in net and was outstanding as usual. Gretz decided to put Bryz in net for the last period and the D saved his bum many times. At one point we had four guys playing goal. Z was doing the majority of it though. I felt like I was watching a horror movie during the third period. My body was tense and I was cringing away from Bryz (good thing I knew the person in the seat next to me or someone may have gotten the wrong idea...). Man that guy just makes me way too nervous when he is in net.
Carcillo and #56 got matching 10 minute misconducts with about two minutes left. They were jawing at each other all night. I guess the refs were sick of it? They should have just let them fight and be done with it. The crowd wanted a fight and it seemed the players did too. And #56 was just going after all our rookies all game. He deserved to be rocked by Carcillo.
Tiki and Fridge combined for a great goal in the third. The team looks like they may be finally coming together. I think Gretz needs to see that these lines are working (they may struggle at times but for the most part work) and leave them that way.
Also, Jokinen is still out and we have won the last 4 out of 5 (only losing to the #1 team by one goal). When he was in we lost 6 in a row. I'm not going to say anything more than that and let you draw your own conclusions.
Our D was off for about the first period and a half. They weren't giving Telly that much help but then something seemed to click and they played outstanding, even Jovo wasn't too bad (ack! Did I just say that?!?!).
The ‘Leafs fan in front of us enjoyed our cheering and taunting; he kept turning around and smiling at us. We even had him standing and cheering after our goals in the third. We also drowned out all the "Go 'Leafs Go" chants. They would start 'em up and we would start our own chants. We also have more people joining us in our "He shoots, he scores, hey goalie you suck" chant.
That’s all I got for now. Next up is St. Louis on Saturday and Chi-town on Sunday. We really need to be ready for Chi-town. It’s going to be a tough, physical game.