The Toronto Marlies took on the Montreal Canadiens tonight, don’t believe me? Here are the rosters.
Tonight's Leafs lines in Montreal. #LeafsForever— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 23, 2019
This graphic just about sums it up.
Ooph. So, in lieu of a minute by minute recap, I’ll let you know my highlights of this AHL/ECHL vs NHL/AHL game. I’m going to try as hard as the Habs tonight.
Korshkov played well with Tyler Gaudet, and the two of them almost combined for an early goal against Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren. They try again off the face off but can’t finish the job.
He scores twice in this game, both good looking goals too.
Bracco had some good chemistry with Adam Brooks. They had some good passing and almost scored.
Holl was an alternate captain in this game, and had some good defensive play in the Leafs end. Nothing flashy, but good play.
He had an easy time in goal, but made saves when needed, and he’s going to be our back up so it was nice to see him do his job and get the shutout.
Nick Shore & Matt Read
They had some good passing when they were out there together on the penalty kill. Almost scored a two on one short handed goal. Really made the Habs power play look bad.
Riley Barber was called for hooking Engvall, but it didn’t look like Pierre noticed. Didn’t break his stride as he had the Habs defender hanging off him.
Scores and then celebrates by jumping on the Habs goalie.
Nic Petan is set up for a good try at a five hole goal. Nick Shore later on gets a good pass from Petan for another almost goal.
The Penalty Kill
Kept the Habs off the score sheet, 0/4 on the night. Did a good job of keeping the passing lanes blocked.
Wasn’t very noticeable aside from his ability to take a hit. Not noticing a defender isn’t a bad thing though.
The Power Play
Meh, couldn’t score on a 5 on 3. Went 1/5 on the night.
Challenges the Archibald goal and loses, so he gets a bench minor for wasting everyone's time.
Sloppy play. Can’t skate well. Tried to steal the puck from his own teammate.
He was going for a nolight tonight, but a big giveaway in front of the Leafs net to Thomas Tatar was a big no-no.
In the second period he was skating along the boards, but left the puck behind. Took a couple seconds to remember to go back for it.
Overall, this game was a bit of a snoozer to me, but I don’t watch many Marlies games, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood. What I did learn was the Korshkov is as close to an NHL spot as he could be. I’m sure soon enough we’ll all be saying “DeBrin-who?”
The next pre-season game is Wednesday night at 7, and I’ll assume it will be a Maple Leafs vs Laval Rocket game. That should be a lot of fun.