I have been so busy for the past couple weeks that I have not had time to blog at all, but now that my schedule has eased up a bit, I should be able to keep my readers (or maybe I should say reader because I am pretty sure that my father is the only person who reads this blog consistently!) up-to-date on the happenings of each game from here until the end of the season.
I am pretty sure that the Buds are not going to make the playoffs and this past weekend might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Losing 5-1 to the Capitals (!) and then losing in a shootout to Montreal on Saturday night was a completely wasted opportunity for the team. They managed to eke out only one of a possible four points against teams that they could have (and should have!) beaten. And now the schedule for the Leafs until season’s end is far more difficult than for the other teams fighting for the eighth and last playoff spot in the East.
Tonight’s win against the always-tough New Jersey Devils is a step in the right direction, but Toronto will probably have to win seven of their last ten games and, with the schedule they have coming up, their chances are slim.
However, tonight was at least a step in the right direction as Andrew Raycroft turned aside 24 of 25 shots and Sundin scored his 900th point as a Leaf with his second of two assists on the night as the Leafs downed the Devils 2-1 at the ACC (holy cow, they won at home!). Wellwood and Antropov had goals for the Leafs, and Wade Belak laid a beating on Cam Janssen nine minutes into the first period, exacting some retribution for Janssen’s brutal cheapshot hit on Tomas Kaberle in New Jersey on March 2nd. Toronto face next see action in back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and Saturday night. Buffalo is the best team in the East with 99 points while Toronto currently sits in ninth with tonight’s win.