By The Meatriarchy
So here's how three games out west went:
Outshot by Calgary (barely) 28-27 and lost (barely) 1-0
Outshot by Edmonton 38-19 won by a goal. (3-2)
Outshot Vancouver 38-19 lost by a goal. (4-3).
So I guess Toronto isn't the only team in the NHL that wins despite getting outshot. Perhaps our local media could investigate this phenomena? They seem to think it is a unique to Toronto and points to a serious flaw in the team's makeup - if you goalie is bailing you out then your team must be crap. Seems like a lot of teams have this issue.
The real story of last night's game was the McCabe injury. The Leafs defense core looked more than a little shaky (despite the shot total) especially in the first 5 minutes of period one where Crawford used the last change to get his top line out when rookies Kronwall and Colaiacovo were on the ice (why these two were paired together is beyond me). Kronwall in particular looked bad last night. His passing was awful and his horrible clearing attempt led directly to a Vancouver goal.
After last night's game it is clear that McCabe shouldn't be considered so much for the Norris trophy as he should for the Hart. This guy is definitely the Leafs most valuable player.