Of course I'm not talking about "monster" in Pierre McGuire terms, instead I mean our very own Jonas Gustavsson. The Monster has seen some dark times since he chose our team over others such as the Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks. In any of those markets, I'm sure he would not have undergone the scrutiny he has seen as a Leaf. With the heart problems, the horrible team mate problems, the losing, I almost feel as if his short NHL career has seen him face more adversity than most goalies his age.
When he faces all this and puts in a performance like last night's, I am very appreciative. Lesser players would have struggled under the load, possibly have given up after the atrociousness of the skater's play in the second period (yes, I am looking at you, Toskala.) Instead, The Monster gave us every last ounce of effort he had, and stole us a point. So today I say we thank him for that effort, and for the resiliency he has so far shown in his NHL career. I feel like he's going to be a pretty special player in the future, and we're only scratching the surface right now.
So if anyone at MLSE or with the ability to contact Jonas Gustavsson directly reads this, please pass on this note: Thank you. Keep it up. We've got your back.
Links after the jump.
Bowen on life with the Leafs
Joe Bowen chatted with Darren Yourk of the Leafs Beat yesterday.
Injuries just part of what Leafs have to deal with; Toronto earns a good point in Cap town
Vintage Leaf Memories anticipates we'll learn a lot about this team as they face some injuries to key contributers, and airs his disdain for the game not ending in a tie.
Semin ties game late, then scores shootout winner as Caps beat Maple Leafs 5-4
The Hockey News post-game story from last night's game.
Engel, Foster and D'Amigo lead the way as Marlies down Rampage 6-1
Short blurb from The Hockey News on the Marlies' game last night. LOL Al Montoya.
Leafs Show Fight, Earn Point in Comeback
MLHS reviews last night's game and is relieved that Bozak, Kulemin and Versteeg all scored.
Leafs v. Capitals Post-Game: Lucky Number 3
Another post-game story from MLHS.
Game In 10 – Game 12
Xterratu sums up last night's game in 10 points.
Maple Leafs Will Miss Phaneuf for Four Weeks
maple stir-up says he's not worried that our captain will miss a minimum of a month.
Now Is It Panic Time?
Yakov Mironov, however, is not so calm.
Maple Leafs' fans about to find out Dion Phaneuf's value
The Hockey Writers on what we'll learn without our captain.
Maple Leafs' Phaneuf to Miss 4-6 Weeks
Buds in Blue talks about Phaneuf's injury.