By The Meatriarchy
There's an old saw in hockey parlance that says you can't expect to win games unless you play the full 60 minutes (or something like that).
So it was last night that the Leafs played well in the first and third period but somehow forgot to show up for the second allowing the sharks to score 4 unanswered goals, erase a 3-1 deficit and skate out of Toronto with two points.
Of course the Sharks play disproves the old saw since they only showed up for the second period and still managed to win.
Chad Kilger had a horrible game and was directly responsible for two Sharks goals. The Leafs also looked sloppy when they gave up a shorthanded breakaway to allow another Sharks tally.
Allison, Steen, Sundin, Stajan and Tucker all had good games. Lindros finally scored a goal but was -2 for the night, as were his linemates Kilger and Domi.
Did Jeff O'Neil play last night? According to the reports he did but he never even registered a shot on goal and played a grand total of 9:33 of which 3:55 was on the power play. So he had just over 5 minutes of ice time at even strength. Is there something going on that we don't know about? O'Neil was supposed to be a scoring threat for this team and early on certainly showed it. But he has tailed off considerably and is now no more of a threat than the Polish Prince of Darkness.
Don't tell me that we are now going to be shopping for a scoring winger. I think we need a top four defenseman more than that.
Only 4 games on the sched in the next two weeks which is almost paltry considering they have played 8 games in the past 14 days.
Hopefully the reduced schedule will allow for some bumps and bruises to heal cause in 14 days the Sens are on tap.