...Sabres beat Leafs. Seems to be no way around it; even if the Leafs pack some rocks in their pockets to bust up the scissors that cut them so deep, using them leads to a bunch of power play goals against. Then in turn when the scissors take a few penalties, the Ruffneck penalty killers may as well kick back and roll a joint with the scraps and buds they have cut up, because the papers can't score on the PP to save their own lives. It was mentionned during the broadcast that it has been 38 straight power plays they have been unable to score at the HSBC. It's easy to see whey Lindy Ruff has stuck around so long behind the Buffalo bench, it makes things so much easier to make the playoffs when his team is gift wrapped 10-12 pts every season, thanks to the Leafs dismal record of 9W-30L-5OTL vs. the Sabres in the past 7 years.
Such a frustrating game tonight. It was laughable in the 1st period when the buds just couldn't get the puck over their own blue line. Gary Galley attributed it to a "strong Sabres forecheck", which may be the case; but all I see is as a continued ineptitude of the Leafs defensive end efforts to effectively clear the puck out of the zone. I can't quite figure out if it's a lack of skill or smarts, or both.
To make matters worse our old friend, the untimely giveaway, reared it's ugly head this eve; directly leading to 4 goals against. Talk about trial be fire for Mr. James Reimer, who got to see first hand the Legacy of Fail at the HSBC. If the Toronto Maple Papers ever want to have any hope of making the post season, perhaps they should start by figuring out how to beat the Buffalo Scissors.