Antti Raanta’s Invisible Friend makes the save..

Sod that for a game of soldiers. About the only thing missing from last night’s disaster was someone getting hurt. I’m, sure no-one wants to talk about it, so we’ll get it out of the way quickly & move on to eyeing up LA.

 

 

  • What really stings about a loss like last night’s is that the Leafs are a shitty Hockey team. After Patrick Kane tied the game there was a moment where it looked like the Hawks were going up a couple of gears and the Leafs were floundering. Then Toronto scored on practically every shot and the game got out of hand.
  • I hope someone is handling the goalies with care this morning. Antti Raanta got the hook at the start of the 3rd, bringing in the unfortunate Kent Simpson who proceded to “Pull a Kuemper” by giving up a goal on his first NHL shot. Not so good. I’m guessing we’ll see Jason Labarbera soon.
  • Yes, a couple of terible calls went against the Hawks and maybe if the Hossa goal stands the momentum shifts. Fuck it. These things happen.
  • Two more in the PPG goals against. What adds to the joy is that the Hawks took some really dumb penalties last night. Meanwhile, Brandon Bollig as Penalty Killer needs to stop, forever, right now.
  • Is it just me or does Raanta lose his stick a lot? I mean,a lot?
  • Jeremy Morin got 7.35 TOI last night, last in the team by a good 3 minutes. He’s not been great since he came back up, but you think maybe some offense would help when chasing the game? Joel?
  • Patrick Kane will get 100 points this year if he stays healthy. He was a beast last night, but sadly couldn’t do it all on his own.
  • What’s funny, and I know I’m not alone in this, was that it felt, right up until the leafs scored the 7th, that the Hawks could still come back. I guess we’ve seen them pull it off so many times in recent years that we’ve become conditioned to expect it. Oh well.
  • Some dumb assholes were cheering during the Anthem. While I can understand wanting to drown out the sub-American Idol-audition warbling of whoever that nice lady was (I mean, seriously? How can you make O Canada sound like a Mariah Carey ballad?) that shit, as we have said again and again, is just plain Rude. Keep it for the UC, dammit.

Right. I don’t wanna think about this anymore. I’ll be back with a preview of the Kings later. Will they reap the whirlwind of a pissed-off Hawks? We’d better hope so.