Ottawa Senators 5 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 2
To say the preseason doesn’t matter would be oversimplifying it a bit. The preseason matters plenty, for lots of guys, however it really doesn’t matter who wins preseason games. In light of that, we’re going to do post game a little different tonight. Instead of rehashing every play, we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of tonight’s game for the Leafs. The Sens took this one 5-2 on the strength of a pinballing puck that eventually found it’s way past Kasimir Kaskisuo, and two empty netters. Reality is that the Leafs dominated play for much of the night, and they should have, as they iced about half of their NHL forward corps and Jake Gardiner against a Sens team stocked almost entirely with AHLers and players on the bubble to make their roster, along with a couple of decent prospects.
Patrick Marleau: Wow, did Marleau ever look dangerous every time he touched the puck in this one, including the goal he scored in the first period as he swooped across the ice to take a pass from Leo Komarov and bury it past Mike Condon to tie the game at one. Marleau may be 38, but he doesn’t move like any 38 year old I’ve ever seen. That Marleau/Kadri/Komarov line is going to be a fun one to watch this year.
Mitch Marner: Simply put, he’s a magician with the puck. He’s small, so you think if you can hit him, you can knock him off the puck and take it the other way. To you I say, good luck with that, Marner is so quick and so elusive that we may never know if he’s easily knocked of the puck, which I suspect he isn’t since he trains like a madman. The pass he made to set up James van Riemsdyk’s go ahead goal in the first period was picture perfect. Marner is going to be a treasure for years to come.
Andreas Borgman: Like countryman Calle Rosen last night, Borgman got off to a bit of slow start as he got his feet wet in North American hockey, but by the middle of the second period, he’d with stepping up into the play, carrying the puck on the rush, and dropping the gloves with a pretty tough customer in Mike Blunden. Borgman certainly didn’t hurt himself in the race for the 6th defense spot tonight.
The Leafs Power Play: Going 1-6 against a majority AHL lineup isn’t going to cut it, especially when the one goal was on a five on three advantage. The Leafs top unit could pass the puck around at will, but couldn’t put it past either Sens goalie. Granted both Ottawa goalies deserve some credit as they were sensational, but you’ve gotta find a way to score with a talent gap as big as the one we saw tonight.
Kerby Rychel: The bubble player was mostly invisible in this game with the exception of taking three penalties, including two back to back, and getting called for both new rules crackdowns, the faceoff violation, and slashing. It was an anemic performance for a young man trying to earn his way onto the Leafs, and I’m not sure where he goes from here.
Join me here after every Leafs preseason game as we present the good, bad, and ugly of that evening’s contest.
Ottawa Goal4:28 — L. Brown (1) (power play) assisted by C. Wideman
Toronto Goal11:26 — P. Marleau (1) assisted by L. Komarov
Toronto Goal17:09 — J. van Riemsdyk (1) (power play) assisted by M. Marner and J. Gardiner
Ottawa Goal15:52 — F. Claesson (1) (power play) assisted by M. Reinhart and T. Randell
Ottawa Goal10:31 — E. Burgdoerfer (1) assisted by T. Pyatt and F. Claesson
Ottawa Goal18:24 — F. Chlapik (1) assisted by M. Borowiecki
Ottawa Goal19:20 — P. Sieloff (1)
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