There is no shortage of opinions stemming from last night's embarrassment of the mighty Capitals. I can only hope that the Leafs have saved some of their David vs. Goliath routine for the upcoming game against Pittsburgh, because I don't want to read this many game recaps' worth of weeping.
On the other hand, I have no trouble reading about the suffering fans of other defeated teams. The folks over at Japers' Rink are a sharp bunch, and their recap is as good as any:
When the Leafs scored early in the third to cut the three-goal lead to two, it instantly brought back flashbacks of the last time these two teams met - when the Caps held a 4-1 lead and then simply stopped skating, allowing a relatively anemic Toronto offense to claw back into the game and force overtime and then a shootout. It's a memory that is still fresh for a lot of us, and you'd think would still be fresh for the Caps.
Spoiler: if you read their comments, there's a lot of anger. PPP and nhlcheapshot were over there for a while smoothing things over.
Leafs Come From Behind for Shootout Win - The Globe and Mail
Ben Raby brings us a recap, a couple quotes from Phaneuf, and a bit on Reimer's new mask.
Phaneuf Itching To Return
A Jonas Siegel article with a few quotes about how much Dion wants to get back.
Twelve days of a Maple Leaf Christmas; hopeful thoughts after a win in D.C.
Michael Langlois brings us a song and, reluctantly, a little Grabbo love.
Brian Burke Speaks, Part 2 – Truculence, Belligerence and Pugnacity
Karina posts the second installment of her series analyzing Brian Burke's dialogue with the media.
Leafs Lend U.S. A Hand - The Globe and Mail
Dave Shoalts tells us that the Leafs have made Jerry D’Amigo available for the World Juniors.
Greg over at Leafs Nation Online gives us his thoughts.
I Love It When A Plan Comes Together
John S over at Puckin' Eh with his two cents on last night's game.
Game In 10 – Game 26
Xterratu over at Leafs HQ with another recap.
The Hockey News: Headlines: NHL Capsules
Read a few tidbits about what happened elsewhere in the NHL last night. Those numbers on the Penguins don't bode so well for tomorrow's game.
Kyle Larkin with a few encouraging thoughts on Kadri's performance thus far.