Rally In Raleigh
After leading 3-0, the Leafs manage to lose another game.
The Leafs saw their 3-0 lead dwindle down to 3-2 after two periods. Then they managed to go up 4-2 in the third only to see the Hurricanes come back and tie the game at 4-4.
But luckily Ian White saved the day and and stuck a dagger in the Hurricanes, scoring the go ahead goal with 30 seconds left.....But then Erik Cole managed to tie the game with 2.9 seconds left in the game...
Then the rest is history as the battle of the worst (which did not disappoint, as these teams were atrocious tonight) went to a shootout. And the Leafs were once again a disaster in the shootout as even the additions of Gustavsson and Kessel did not improve their shootout ability. The Leafs might as well pull the goalie next time they're in overtime because this team is just awful in the shootout.
The Leafs worked hard in the first to build a comfortable lead, as in they could play much more relaxed. Unfortunately they misunderstood it as they could take a nap on the couch and allowed the game to slip away.
Someone that did stand out for the Leafs tonight though was Ian White. Most of you know by now that Ian White has emerged as one of my favourite Leafs. On this night everything went right and everything went wrong for Ian White. In the end he was screwed over twice.
Holding on to a 4-3 lead, Ian White got called for high sticking on Tom Kostopolous. Kostopolous was bleeding and as a result White received the double minor. But video review revealed that it was not White, but rather Kostopolous' own teammate Stephane Yelle that clipped him. Unfortunately the call did not change and Gleason took advantage and tied the game with his second goal of the night.
But Ian White got his justice, or so it had seemed. White scored the go ahead goal with 29 seconds left in the game to put the Leafs up 5-4 and essentially put the game away. But as Ian White sat on the bench for the next 30 seconds, he was able to watch his teammates give up the tying goal with under 3 seconds left to go.
But there's no way I'm going to blame this loss on that phantom call. Not when the Leafs had a 3-0 lead in the first, then a 4-2 lead in the 3rd, and then even a 5-4 lead with 30 seconds left in the game. The Leafs deserve this.
The Leafs are bad, and they're not going to get much better, not this season anyways. Unfortunately I allowed myself to be fooled that this group of players could get it done, and I look at this offensive line and I can't believe that I allowed myself to buy in.
Don't get me wrong, this is a group of players that does work hard. They just can't overachieve every singe night.
Are the Leafs headed in the wrong direction? No not at all. I believe that they are going in the right direction, we just assumed that they would be moving much quicker.
Regardless, I get the feeling that something dramatic will be done as early as tomorrow. I don't necessarily mean a trade, but something dramatic. Stay Tuned!