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Leafs Overmatched

Last nights 2-0 loss to the Habs clearly showed that the Buds have a bit of a way to go yet. The effort was there but player for player, Montreal is simply a better team. At the same time though, both goals were completely preventable and should not have happened. The first one, both Leafs defenseman let Jeff Halpern go to the net right off the face-off. When the point shot came though Halpern was in a perfect position to make the tip and he made no mistake. Plus Gustavsson, as well as he played, was too far back in his net. If he was on the white ice, Halpern’s tip does not beat him. The second goal was a great tape to tape pass made by ex-Hab, Mike Komisarek. He picked the puck up on the boards and made a perfect pass threading the needle between two Leaf defenders to an open Mike Cammallerri. A horrible back-breaking gaffe that should not be made at this level.

What made the night a good one for me was the pregame ceremony for the late Pat Burns. I’ll never forget Burns because he coached the first “good” Leafs team that I observed.

The game will miss you Pat….Thanks!

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