TOR@S.J. L 3-2
Toronto opened a four game road trip Monday night starting in San Jose. The first thee games are in California, while the fourth game this coming Saturday is in St.Louis.
Patrick Marleau was back to face the franchise he spent twenty years with, more than half his life. Before the game the National Anthems were played, the San Jose Sharks Organization showed a special tribute video for longtime Shark. The standing Ovation lasted for minutes and the crowd was as loud as they were during their Stanley Cup run two years ago. After the whistling came the chants of PADDY PADDY. All the players on both teams were enjoying the ceremony and banged their $250 sticks along with the crowd.
Then it was game time as the Leafs begun three games in four nights and nine in fifteen.
The opening goal came at 12:14 of the first period after William Nylander did all the work skating across the wing ad down behind the net before passing it to the point. A point shot was blocked but the puck dropped at Auston Matthew’s feet. The big twenty year old showed some grace by kicking the puck out to his stick and let go a laser wrister that went “Bar Down” in the top left corner. After being outplayed the Leafs had a 1-0 Leaf heading to the dressing room.
The only scoring in the middle period was a San Jose goal at 7:58 by their Captain, Joe Pavelski. The Buds were horribly outshot in the second stanza 11-2 and after forty minutes they were being outshot 25-11. Needless to say Freddy Andersen was the reason the game was tied.
Things got worse for Toronto early in the final frame. At 2:58, after Dominic Moore got crunched from behind into the boards. The Leaf player got up and retaliated getting a penalty. San Jose took the lead on the power-play with a rocket slap shot into the top left corner and the Leaf goaltender didn’t even see it. Toronto native Joel Ward added an empty netter for the Sharks at 17:47. It was t over yet though. After that Toronto scored on an Andreas Borgman slapshot making it 3-2 but that’s as close as they puke get and have one dropped four of their lasts five.
It doesn’t get any easier for the down trending Maple Leafs. After a day off on Halloween they play Anaheim and L.A. on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Aside from Matthews, Nylander and, Freddy Andersen the Buds looked very average against S.J. Something that will not even get them on the playoffs, but like I always say; you can’t judge any team until the 20 game mark. So far there has been 12 games.