The Leafs have bigger holes in their defence than Heatley has between his teeth. "
Disastrous. That would explain the Leafs' collective defensive play tonight. Right after Jeff Oneil scored the Leafs' second goal to make the game 3-2 and nearly cap a 3-goal comeback, the Sens opened the flood gates and obliterated the uninspired Leafs.
Dany Heatley had a natural hat trick in the 2nd frame, or, a 'natrick' as one TSN guy put it. Jason Spezza finished the night with 1 goal and 4 assists. Defenceman Joe Corvo also had 1 goal and 4 assists, and Ray Emery played superb stopping 29 of 31 shots. Unreal. The Sens are officially back, if they weren't back already last weekend after destroying the Devils, and then the Leafs twice now in the same week. After the game Jason Spezza stated:
"Guys are a little more comfortable with the puck now. With that 8-1 game, it seemed like we stopped gripping our sticks after that... "
So how many times do the Buds still have to play the Sens this year? The answer is too many.
Leafs' coach Paul Maurice looked bewildered in the postgame press conference, but still confident. He complimented the Sens for being on such a role, and defended goalie Andrew Raycroft for being a 'fighter' and not wanting to leave the net despite the blowout. Maurice blamed the Leafs' team defence for not tightening up and for giving the Senators way too much room to skate and play their offensive game. Call me coo-coo but I thought the Leafs were going to play smarter and more effective defence under Maurice, but that has not happened recently. They have given up 33 goals in their last 7 games. (Anyone got a calculator?) Don't mind me, I'm just trying to cheer myself up. Then again, it could be worse. We could have lost to the Coyotes, like the Oilers did tonight! HA! I feel better already!
Here is the BOX SCORE if you can keep your food in your stomach.