It was a good week for the Leafs, and for Leaf fans that had the constitution to stay up and watch all three games. For the first time since 1995, if I can trust the TSN graphic on the last broadcast, the Leafs swept a California road trip and they did it ugly.
Playing their third game in four nights, they were not very crisp and controlled. They were a bit sloppy, they gave up some chances, but they also had their chances too. They had more shot attempts and were close to even in scoring chances. It all fell apart through the third period, and Sparks.... well he got the win, but he did his best McElhinney impersonation in doing so.
It’s late as fuck now so let’s cut to the chase.
ONTO THE LINKS!
Speaking of Ian Scott, McKenzie has reported that his great season has led him to being considered by Team Canada for the WJC.
Kasperi Kapanen has proven he can generate offence at a first-line level | by Ian Tulloch at The Athletic
AROUND THE NHL
I’m stealing my joke from the GDT: Josh Archibald of the Arizona Coyotes received a two game suspension for this hit to the head of Ryan Hartman. After the announcement, Shyam Das burst through the window to Gary Bettman’s office, stole Bettman’s lunch, peed on his desk, and dropped paperwork that both overturned the suspension but also gave Archibald a pony for Christmas.
Arizona’s Josh Archibald has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head on Nashville’s Ryan Hartman. https://t.co/48MLmKYadq— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 16, 2018
"That is a slash? That couldn't have crushed a grape."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 17, 2018
Jack Edwards was not impressed with this slashing call on Brad Marchand. pic.twitter.com/8AuBPCWy6Q
Speaking of Boston, they’re so sadly dealing with a rash of injuries. Zdeno Chara is due to miss an unknown length of time due to a knee injury, and Patrice Bergeron was removed from last night’s game. It lead to an... interesting quote from their coach.
Bruce Cassidy on Patrice Bergeron's status: "Upper-body. He’ll be evaluated better in the morning...he was having a tough time finishing the game. It would lead me to believe he’ll have a tough time playing tomorrow. But he’s also a tough guy. We’ll see how it is."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 17, 2018
I mean who am I to argue with an NHL coach about the importance of Bergeron’s long-term health come playoff time vs in November? You do you, Bruce!
Andreas Johnsson is not a top line LW you fucking muppet.