Saturday, October 28, 2006

Off-Season Goals: Regular Season Results

Tougher to play against.

That was JFJ and the Leafs' off-season mantra and Leafs management stayed true to their word by acquiring players who were supposed to keep the puck out of the Leafs net.

But once again, the Leafs couldn't hold on to a lead, giving up two goals in the final 6 minutes of the game. Brought back memories of coughed-up third period leads against New Jersey, Calgary and even Montreal the last time 'round.

The most disturbing part of the latest cave-in?

Peca's line, anchored by the guy we spent $2.5M on to make us harder to play against, was on for all four Montreal goals tonight. Gill, who to be fair was targeted to be the 4th or 5th D on this team but is carrying a heavier load due to injuries, was on for 3 of 4 Montreal goals - including the tying marker.

Tougher to play against, indeed.

What a relief when Wellwood notched the winner in the shoot-out. If you listen carefully you can hear at least half of Leafs Nation claiming Welly has always been their choice to be a shoot-out regular and the likely cure to the Leafs shoot-out woes...

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