Sunday, March 11, 2007

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Despite being greatly outplayed by the buds the sens had managed to build a 3-1 lead on the back of some mental mistakes by the boys in blue heading into the third. Cue the comeback. First, Boyd Devereaux scored on the only mistake in an otherwise stunning display of goaltending when he sneaked a shot over the shoulder of Ray Emery who had gone down too early. Then, Mats outskated Wade Redden (is Sherry's theory of the money weighing him down on target?) and slipped a pass to the much maligned Nik Antropov who used his 8 foot reach to whack home his own rebound.

And that set the stage for the Leaf fans' sweetheart, Darcy Tucker, to finish the game off on a nice one-two with Pavel Kubina to notch his second goal of the game. The ACC erupted as the Leafs' faithful celebrated a deserved victory and smug sens' fans sat shocked wondering how another lead slipped away in the third. If only they coulda scored on that empty net then they woulda won the game after blowing a lead that shoulda been safe.

Wellwood made a welcome return to the Leafs lineup and his skill showed as he set up a number of chances. Last night was the first time since December 19th that he and Tucker were both in the lineup. No surprise that one of them was the difference last night.

Elsewhere around the NHL it was a bit of a crazy night. Some guy named Koci for the Blackhawks delivered a vicious headshot and Donald Brashear drilled Brendan Witt with a gloved punch after he had scored a goal to bring the caps within 2 goals. The wheel of justice is going to get a workout.

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