Ok cool kids along the QEW just settle down.
Go ahead and ice a majority of the NHL lineup for the 2018-19 season to impress your fans. Do that and it will make you feel better when you trounce the AHL version (plus some studs) of the Maple Leafs when they come to Buffalo.
Problem is, the Maple Leafs do not roll over. And the Maple Leafs organization is light years ahead of yours right now.
Leafs Win. Leafs Win again.
Last night in the ‘All-America City’, the Toronto Maple Leafs took care of business again by dusting the Sabres by a score of 3-2. Maybe that isn’t exactly a dusting but considering who the two teams dressed…I say another win for Milos.
Starting in net last night was Frederik Andersen, his second start of the season and he has looked mid-Season Freddy in both of those contests.
Let us be honest, last season the team and Andersen himself fatigued the goalie chasing some dumb record that nobody cares about except player and a few people who love researching factoids. A summer of rest, and a balanced schedule will have the Ginger Dane solidifying himself as a top flight goalie in the NHL. That and keeping the shots against down a touch.
Auston Matthews, Jeremy Bracco, and Calle Rosen all scored for the Maple Leafs.
Matthews is starting to find his game, as he adjusts to completely new wingers on each side of him. With one notable golden locked players still out from the lineup.
Jeremy Bracco, is having himself a solid camp with his 2nd goal in two games played. It is always going to be a battle for Bracco whether or not he can commit to proper conditioning and diet to keep up to the NHL level, but his skills are evident. This should be an exciting AHL season for Bracco with the Marlies as he looks to put his name into conversations as a potential callup for the big club if the situation were to arise.
Calle Rosen has probably been one of the most impressive Leafs blueliners this training camp and preseason.
Rosen got the game winner last night in Buffalo, but also plays solid positionally (and quietly) making very good first passes from the zone and using his frame to box out the opposition from the crease. Jake Gardiner did not do that last night which led directly to a goal against. Gardiner can have a pass, since just rejoining the team after the birth of his son, Henry. Apparently Lucy is happy, great interview Jake.
So now we wait. Cuts should happen today at some point as the team gets ready for the next FOUR preseason games starting Monday versus Montreal.
Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson better be watching out. Tyler Ennis is coming for a spot.
ps. Nice to see Emerson Clark and Andrew Nielsen both drop the gloves last night. I didn’t think passion was allowed in the NHL.
— David Nestico (@davidnestico200) September 23, 2018
A power play point shot proved to be the winner in Buffalo as the Leafs skated to a 3-2 preseason win over the Sabres tonight.
Catch up on all the action with three key takeaways from tonight's win.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 23, 2018