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Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs en-route to a 5-3 win
James Reimer looked slightly out of sorts today as he let in three goals on eight shots. Two of the goals were ones that he needs to save for the Leafs to be successful in their quest for the playoffs. Jonas Gustavson would come into the game in the second period and play considerably well, but he needed to be perfect for the Leafs to get any points in the game. The Monster made 16 saves on 18 shots, both goals against him were also suspect, however he did make some key saves.
Toronto pressed hard as the game continued but couldn't seem to catch a break as Jose Theodore robbed Matt Frattin with the knob of his goal stick, and the Leafs hit a pair of goal posts in the third period. Grabovski would pick up two goals for the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf scored the other.
- Grabovski was skating very well. He and his linemates, Kulemin and Frattin, played a very strong game
- Cody Franson also played very well. He seems to be one of the few Leafs D-men who can get the puck through traffic and on net from the point
- Nazem Kadri is a great puck control player. He showed his skills again today and played a decent game. If he continues like this he will be a player that's tough to take out of the line-up
- Dion Phaneuf looked very tired. Far too often this season have I seen a tired Dion Phaneuf point to his defensive partner to go chasing after the puck because he's too tired. He looked awful tonight. If you are too tired to skate, take a shift off and let someone else go. It shouldn't be that complicated.
At the end of the day, Toronto played pretty strong throughout most of the game but too many mistakes, below average goaltending, and just simply being unable to catch a break led them to a loss at the hands of Versteeg and the Panthers. The Leafs next game is on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricane. Puck drop is at 7pm.