Friday, October 14, 2005

Leafs 9 Thrashers 1

Posted The Meatriarchy

Gary who? Joe who? Aleks who?

The last time a Toronto Maple Leaf had a hat-trick it was against the Atlanta Thrashers. The player who scored those three goals was Aleks Mogilny. Mogilny was left to sign with the Devils this year to the chagrin of some Toronto sport’s writers who felt his scoring would be irreplaceable.

Fast forward to tonight where the man brought in to replace Mogilny(Jeff O'Neil) has a hat-trick against the very same Atlanta Thrashers in a 9-1 blowout as the Leafs beat one of those teams that is supposed to have loaded up on talent in the off season while John Ferguson Junior was twiddling his thumbs (that’s if you believe the Toronto sports media).

Jason Allison had another strong game with a Gordie Howe hat-trick. A goal, an assist (actually three) and a fight! That’s right a fight. This game degenerated into an ugly affair in the third period with the Leafs leading 6-1as the Thrashers began gooning it up in spectacular fashion.

This led to a number of fights and a number of expulsions. At the end of the game the Thrashers had 87 penalty minutes compared to Toronto’s 60 and the Leafs scored seven goals on the pp.

The Thrashers have some serious goaltending problems with three of their goalies down with injuries so the Leafs certainly weren’t facing a veteran NHLer tonight. But the Thrashers didn’t exactly help rookie Michael Garnett either.

How weak is the Thrashers defense? Well they don’t even have one play on the power play. That’s right they ice 5 forwards.

And this is a team that the experts picked to make the playoffs over the Leafs?

Oh and Brian McCabe that terrible defenseman who should try to play more like Redden? Only had 5 points tonight and going into the game was the leagues leading defenseman in points and ice time. I think after tonight he is the league leader in points.

Belfour almost had a shut out but gave up a goal in the third period. Which was ok by me because I don’t have him in the blogger pool.

The Marlies also won edging the Cleveland Barons 3-2 I didn’t get to see much of that game because I was watching the Leafs but every time I switched over it seemed that Kronwall was on the ice. I hope this guy is getting lots of ice time cause he definitely has the makings of a solid NHL d-man.

Look for some changes in the lineup for Quinn tomorrow night. Kilger looks to be hurt, Belak might be facing league discipline for actions during the fight and Tucker might not be available after he had his head rammed into the boards byAndy Sutton (who was penalized for attempt to injure)/that could mean Czerkawski and Wozniewski could be in the lineup.

Ordinarily in a back to back situation you might expect Tellqvist to get the start but Belfour had so little work tonight I don’t think you could say that he is tired.

So the Leafs now have to make sure they don't have a let down tomorrow night against the Habs and can grab another vicory. Three in a row would be mighty sweet at this point.


  1. I was watching the Leafs

    So you're one of the buttheads who is screwing us all by paying for Leafs TV.

  2. Hey Meatriarchy,

    What is your take on the hits to Tucker and Lindros? Who should I believe, Hartley or Quinn?

    I don't have Leafs TV (or Sens TV, for that matter), so I'm stuck with my subscription to the TorStar.

  3. Robert: I picked up a digital box two years ago. I pay for the full suite of channels.

    Leafs TV turned out to be a bonus. I didn't realize would turn into some games.

    Calling me a butthead is the height of immaturity. Sorry you can't get all the games via your antenna.

    Leafs TV is only 1.50 a month if you cut back on smokes or buy one less beer you can afford it.

  4. The hit to tucker was far worse than the hit on Lindros. There should be a suspension for that one.

    When Lindros got hit Domi came roaring in to go after the Thrasher player but one thrasher held his arms while the other wailed on him. It was pretty friggin cowardly if you ask me.

  5. Calling me a butthead is the height of immaturity.

    Do you right whingers even remember what it was like to have a sense of humour?

    Sorry you can't get all the games via your antenna.

    It's ridiculous that the leafs would do this considering the lockout that killed last year's season. It's a slap in the face to their fans. And you know that this trend is only going to continue. Pretty soon we'll be lucky to get any games off the air.

    Leafs TV is only 1.50 a month

    True, but first you have to rent or buy a digital decoder which means you end up having one more piece of crap hooked up to the tv.

  6. I am one of the buttheads who ordered Leafs TV as well. I only planned on it for a month to watch the pre-season games but I quite enjoy it.

    In my world that only thing that compares to watching sports is watching people talk about sports. They do a really nice job on "After the Horn" so they can keep my business.

    Besides it was not that long ago that only two games a week were televised. Is it too much to expect that all 82 games are on "free TV". TSN and Sportsnet aren't on basic cable either.

    We will see how mcuh the Leafs push this though. Right now it is 13/82 games for $2.00 - what is the upper limit?

    Another interesting note is that the Leafs are trying to get a MLS franchise for T.O. - this must be to have summer content on Leafs TV.

  7. So because Mccabe got five points in a blow out he is suddenly the god of defenseman? - After those five assits youd assume hed be better than the plus one hes at - I'll stick with Redden.