Posted by: Jeremy | November 15, 2009

Flames jump on The Monster early, win 5-2


Not a nice night for The Monster

Okay, so maybe my prediction of the Leafs as a seventh-to-10th place finisher was a bit premature. After grabbing points in seven straight, Toronto lost its third in a row last night — a game I took in at the ACC (my second ever!) — 5-2 to Joel Bydevaate’s Calgary Flames. That, after falling 3-2 in Chicago on Friday.

First off, it was cool to check out the game, but when the highlight of the night was the foot-long pizza hot dog I ate…well, then that doesn’t say much for the Leafs (although to their credit, the hot dog was off the hook). The Monster gave up a pair of ugly goals to Jarome Iginla and Eric Nystrom before the two-minute mark of the first and was pulled after Dustin Boyd made it 3-1 just before the midway point of the period. Francois Beauchemin scored between and Matt Stajan added one in the second to cut it to 3-2, but Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester scored in the third to wrap it up.

The Leafs actually ended up outshooting Calgary 40-22 (including 20-4 in the second alone), and really, none of those 22 Flamer shots were much in the way of scoring chances. Gustavsson was a first period trainwreck and Vesa Toskala didn’t particularly stand out, mainly because he wasn’t really tested until the third (when he failed).

Anyway, the loss drops the Leafs to 3-10-5, which is still better than Carolina, at least. They’re in action next Tuesday in Ottawa.



  1. as long as they’re not dead last, right????

    maybe its time to trade the defence that was to be tougher, or TRUCULENT!!!!!
    pile-ons. but then again, Hal Gill is a pile-on… and a stanley cup champion!!!!!

    burke thought too highly of himself, and screwed it up with the kessel deal. one player is the future now, not the stock-piling of talent that was to take place under his watch. or am I forgetting the university debate team he’s assembled??
    of course, I’m not a smart american like him….or the coach.

  2. He brought in a bunch of defencemen but it hasn’t really made much of a difference yet. Not sure what he’s gonna do moving forward, should be interesting to see his next move…

  3. his next move should be to get Bill an office job….so he can shut up around here about the make-me laughs!!

    maybe throw out tonnes of offer sheets, and see what happens. like fishing for talent. it would be a gamble, but he’s already begun that with Kessel!!!

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