Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and are hoping a visit from the only team below them in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes, will put an end to their losing ways. It’s the third meeting in the battle for Conference futility, but the first at the ACC. Toronto took game one 3-2 while the Hurricanes came back from a two goal deficit in the third to steal a 6-5 overtime win. Although the Canes occupy the last spot in the East, lately they’ve been playing better hockey. They’ve won four out of their last six games and have beaten teams like Washington and Ottawa. Goaltender Cam Ward is finally getting back to playing his style of hockey. Ward suffered a deep gash back on November 7 and its taken some time for him to find his form. Over his last five games he’s only allowed five goals. The Leafs on the other hand have been struggling. Their forwards are having a hard time scoring. The defence has looked lost and have done a great job of blocking their goaltender, leading to making uncontested goals. Oh yeah, coach Ron Wilson publicly called out his best player (no goals in 11 games Phil Kessel). Is there any silver lining for the blue and white? Well the guy many people wanted to trade, Tomas Kaberle, has four points in four games and continues to lead the team in points. Kaberle’s 39 points are third best in the league for defensemen.

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Ged
Ged
January 12, 2010 6:35 pm

I absolutely hate labeling a game with a “must win” tag. Especially in this town, where the teams – all of them – have a long long history of losing to teams they should beat – but this is a “must win” game.

I know we are playing badly, and the ‘Canes have been solid lately. I know they have 2 things we so desperately need in a great goalie in Cam Ward and a true #1 forward/leader in Eric Stall…

All that said, this is one of only two teams below the Leafs in the standings, and it would be a sad sad thing to see them come out flat – once again – and let these guys catch up to them a bit more.

Ged
Ged
January 12, 2010 9:36 pm

Sigh. Same old story.

40 shots for us = 2 goals.

18 shots for them = 3 goals.

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