The above video was made in the year 2010, and yet it feels like nothing has changed. Except for the fact the Leafs started 1-2-1. Hell, if we want to be technical, the Leafs are still paying the player who makes a last-second cameo.
Needless to say, the Peter Horachek era hasn’t started off the way that many had hoped. In fact, on the score sheet, it’s been a disaster – the Leafs were just shut out for the third time in four games tonight.
Toronto was flying high to start the first period, outshooting a very strong Blues roster 15-6 in the first fifteen minutes. But then, Kevin Shattenkirk decided not only to pinch, but to blow by Tyler Bozak and beat Jonathan Bernier to open the scoring late in the first period.
The tides turned from there, becoming all St. Louis all the time. While the Leafs maintained the score in the second period, early into the third, Alex Steen deked past Cody Franson and Dion Phaneuf, dangled Bernier and shelved an easy backhand. As if this didn’t cause enough suffering, Shattenkirk gave Leafs fans half a heart attack as he leveled Phil Kessel in the process.
With five minutes to go in the third period, TJ Oshie sealed the deal, scoring his twelfth of the season to guarantee the game. Not like it mattered at this point.
I’m sure everybody’s sick of “well this guy didn’t produce, but his possession numbers were good” after this string of shutouts against, so I’m just going to give this one to Don Cherry. I’m assuming that the reason the Leafs lost was because he needed all the goal lights for his stupid suit:
Will the Leafs ever score again? Tune in Monday when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.