It’s the defending Cup champs, what could possibly go wrong?
Maple Leafs D Timothy Liljegren will skate in the 100th regular season game of his NHL career tonight.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 1, 2023
Denis Malgin in the starting lineup for the Avs, well played guys.
Leafs are hosting an open house for New Year’s Eve in front of Matt Murray.
Avs counter with a nice hospitable attitude of their own.
Gio gets booed for holding the puck too long behind the net. I expect he’s really concerned they don’t like him. Now Liljegren gets it. This is going to be a good game.
Marner with a great deke, but the finish was right into the goalie pads.
Jarnkrok has been finding Mitch this period— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
(sidenote: call a penalty on the ref) pic.twitter.com/GzlY0Zy3dg
He thought that was just not good enough, so he did this one next:
MITCH MARNER 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
great angle and a better shot pic.twitter.com/UyRgALS6Ur
Oh, cool, just barely enough Leafs fans to boo Cale Makar when he waits behind their net.
Oh, nice one. An entire shift of amazing offensive power from.... er, the Kämpf line. The result? Pierre Engvall has no trouble scoring on a delayed penalty call.
PIERRE ENGVALL 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
ON THE DELAYED CALL! pic.twitter.com/gMw0W69AoL
Naturally the Leafs take a penalty immediately for holding the stick on Denis Malgin.
Leafs kill the penalty easily for one minute and with some effort for the second. Avs clearly showing who is missing on that power play.
too many men penalty on the Avalanche— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Matthews saw the whole thing lol pic.twitter.com/e9mtz5iF4C
This Leafs power play is one zone entry away from being, you know, a power play.
JT Compher handcuffs Murray with his second try scoring chance
J.T. Compher scores for Colorado pic.twitter.com/LQ7rRNHCHE— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Marner with a shot coming off of driving the net at speed, actually handcuffs Alexandar Georgiev, but he gets away with it.
- The Avs are not as bad as they look so far, but Georgiev really is not playing well./
Dryden was on the Hunt for that loose puck— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Georgiev almost kicked it out to him pic.twitter.com/OChxS0h7rI
Leafs get a power play just after the period starts. This one is way, way better:
MICHAEL BUNTING 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
DOUBLE-DIGIT GOALS! pic.twitter.com/z4XLfOOj4U
Bunting just hanging in the crease looking for trash to pick up.
Avs take another penalty a few minutes later, which is likely not a wise course.
Leafs go back to the power play as MacDermid is called for roughing pic.twitter.com/zMVyRCCHA0— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Timmins gets away with the retaliation.
Huh, the Avs get a rush against (this a 5F PP) and the Leafs do fine defending.
Another power play:
third-straight power play for the Leafs— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Johnson goes off for tripping pic.twitter.com/jEr9rq48fH
Scrappy net-front play for the Avs results in a puck in the net off of Matthews’ skate.
Devon Toews brings them within one— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
went off Matthews' skate pic.twitter.com/fhBlmzW5EK
Pond hockey has broken out, and we’ve found the counter to Big Willie Styles. It’s the guy with the Norris.
Matthews, though, he wanted one in their net, and so he got one.
AUSTON MATTHEWS 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
T.J. BRODIE 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
HALF SLAPPER pic.twitter.com/o3ZAkOThp4
Holmberg starts this off, and while Hunt looks a bit like he’s not good enough for Pontus, they make it work.
This goal chases Georgiev, and now one of the least capable NHL goalies is in net in Jonas Johansson.
The Leafs take the first of what is expected to be three or so penalties. Liljegren for slashing. He was chasing the play, you always take a penalty for that.
Malgin with the final chance on the power play, and the period has one shift left.
Holl takes the puck right off Malgin's stick pic.twitter.com/DXXTp7QiRz— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
(still not traded)
- You know the altitude effect? If the Leafs have it, I can’t tell. They looked like they were playing a little too fast for themselves at times.
- All-situations, this game is pretty even because the Leafs and the Avs are playing the same style: allow us to take penalties, so you can get scoring chances./
Prepare to see lots of David Kämpf. As long as this lead lasts.
Fourth line gets spun by Nate MacKinnon, so they need to watch the matchups. It worked out largely thanks to Murray, lets not kid ourselves.
Fans call a penalty the refs don’t when Rodrigues goes down.
The Avs are trying hard and keeping the Leafs away from their own net very well.
Murray at the top of the crease pic.twitter.com/EUQBHIyRQ1— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Avs are going to the power play as Kerfoot goes off for tripping. Leafs kill it.
Kerfoot gets the crossbar, on yet another great bottom six shift. Can’t emphasize enough how impressive both the third and fourth lines are, and Keefe is using them almost exclusively.
Kerfoot almost made it 6-2 pic.twitter.com/J1bqmoRSEt— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
Avs pull the goalie really early — as they should — and the Leafs eventually get the ENG.
Michael Bunting 🚨🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 1, 2023
great effort from Nylander pic.twitter.com/YuEKZ9pbda
No one really tries to do much in the final minutes but run down the clock, and even the fans aren’t booing the delaying tactics.
- Auston Matthews finishes the year at 499 points./
Happy New Year, everyone!