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Caps 2 @ Leafs 3 Quick Hits

The Lawnmower Man strikes again.

Claus Andersen

A few early thoughts from the Leafs win over the Caps:

  • The Mike Kostka Experiment (dibs on future band name) continues. He played 24:35 tonight.
  • James van Riemsdyk had another huge game for his new team. He logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time, led the way with 7 shots on net, and even potted a powerplay goal. Would've liked the breakaway though.
  • Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel each had 6 shots on the night. Those two and JvR nearly outshot Washington by themselves.
  • The Toronto powerplay continues to struggle, going 1 for 8 on the night and failed to capitalize on another lengthy 5-on-3 advantage.
  • I thought James Reimer was fine in net, although I'd bet he wants that goal to Ovechkin back.
  • Jay McClement doesn't look out of place as the LW with Mikhail Grabovski and Kulemin. Could be a permanent spot for him if the Leafs move a forward.
  • And despite Kessel's goal drought, the Leafs continue to show balanced scoring. Eventually he'll get it going.