VICTORY!! I’m telling you Leaf Nation, it’s starting to smell like 1967 (note: sarcasm, though the boys are starting to play well). Phil Kessel notched his first goal as a Leaf and Toronto rolled to a 5-1 win over Detroit tonight at the ACC — their first on home ice this season. Make that two in a row, points in seven straight and a tie for 13th in the Eastern Conference. Yes, the tide is turning.
Again, the Leafs got big games from the new Big Two — Kessel tacked on a third period assist to his first period assist and The Monster made 35 saves to win for the second straight night. Wayne Primeau, Jeff Finger, Alexei Ponikarovsky and John Mitchell also scored for Toronto, who improved to 3-7-5.
Sure, the Red Wings aren’t exactly flying to start the season, but a convincing win might just be an indication the worst of times are behind the Leafs. Well, all they have to do is win four of their next 15 for that to be the case — after all, they can only go up from the way they got things started this season. My prediction: The Leafs ride this hot streak for another 67 games and end up somewhere between seventh and 10th in the East.
Anyway, Toronto looks to make it three in a row Tuesday at home against Minnesota. I’m guessing Ron Wilson doesn’t let Vesa Toskala anywhere near this one.