Behind the third period exploits of Nikolai Antropov and the stellar goaltending of Andrew 'The Real Razor' Raycroft the Leafs upped their January record to 7-4 and gave their 40 year old coach a second consecutive win in Carolina. Antro used his reach and quick hands to score two third period goals to break a 1-1 deadlock. There was a scary moment early in the game when Greg Adams ran Carlo Colaiacovo into the boards from behind and seemed to hurt his knee. However, he returned to the game and showed no ill effects as he lay a pretty good hit on Brind'Amour.
Tomorrow night the Leafs look to take their revamped, simple style of play into Madison Square Garden as they face one of their principle competitors for a playoff spot, the New York Rangers.
A special thank you to the ottawa senators for beating the Washington Capitals 3-2 and helping to open up a five point gap. That ends the Washington portion of the season for the sens but they still play:
Boston - Home, Away
Carolina - Away, Home
Pittsburgh - Home, Away, Home
Rangers - Home
Islanders - Home, Away
Lightning - Away
So the gals in black, red, and gold will have a say in whether the Leafs' second half push leads to a playoff berth or more late heartbreak. The list does not even include the three games against the Canadiens who are slowly falling back towards the pack. So as you are cheering on the sens keep in mind that you are helping out the Leafs. I hope that takes all of the joy out of any victories.