Leafs Postgame: Toronto… Wins?

Tonight was ‘Retro Night’ in Vancouver. The Canucks celebrated by wearing their absolutely gorgeous black ‘flying skate’ jerseys from the early 90’s while the Leafs celebrated by playing like a Toronto hockey team from the early 90’s. That is to say, the Leafs didn’t look totally embarrassing tonight, despite dressing what appears to be an AHL team. Toronto takes it, 5-2. 

The Rundown

If you missed the first period, don’t sweat it. This game didn’t take off until the second period when Daniel Sedin gave the Canucks the 1-0 lead just 3:18 into the frame and Mark Arcobello responded with two goals to pull the Leafs ahead by a score of 2-1 just a minute and 26 seconds later. 

From that point on, Toronto took the game to Vancouver. The Leafs would pepper shots on Ryan Miller until Brendan Leipsic, in his first ever NHL game, would bat a puck out of mid-air and give Toronto the 3-1 lead. It was a special moment – watch it here:

Midway through the third period, Toronto would go into a shell and focus solely on getting out of VanCity with the win. Sven Baertschi would pull the Canucks within one with less than two minutes to go, but that’s as far as the comeback would make it. Brad Boyes and Leo Komarov would both add empty net goals and the game would end with a 5-2 Toronto win.

Blue Warrior

Let’s give it to Brendan Leipsic (apologies to Arcobello). Besides scoring his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game, Leipsic played a strong game and looked every bit like a big league hockey player. In fact, we have to give full marks to the Leafs’ entire fourth line tonight, as Leipsic played alongside Rich Clune and Byron Froese, and you know what? They all looked good. Leipsic led the team tonight with an 88.24 CF% while Clune and Froese followed close behind with identical 83.33% ratings.

Leipsic is a prime candidate to make the jump to the Leafs’ roster next season, and I’m excited to see what he’ll do with that opportunity.

And you know who else is excited?


The Leafs travel to Chicago next to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champs. Tune into TSN4 at 8:30 pm. 

One More Thing…

  • CMpuck

    Justin good comment on Vancouver playing the A.H.L. Marlies tonight. I was at the game with the Canuckleheads wearing their umpteenth jersey. Sure did a lot of good for them tonight.

    Great to see young Leipsic get his first goal as the thousands and thousands of leaf fans in attendance gave him a standing 0 including a very proud family.

    A nice home win for the leafs I mean Marlies.

    But I hope those 4 points the leafs got from playing the going nowhereville Canuckleheads doesn’t come back to bite them in their historic drive to tank to get that all important top 3 pick.

  • STAN

    Funny how he absence of JvR, Kadri, Bozak, Lupul and Phaneuf leads to a win.

    All it too was hard work.

    Lou & Co. have some big decisions to make on who stays and who goes.

  • TGT23

    I was very happy to get Leipsic in the Nashville trade. So great to see him play great in his debut, score a goal. Excited for his future. Seeing guys like him and knowing he’s barely the tip of the prospect talent iceberg has me pumped for the rebuild so far.

  • Kanuunankuula

    So how come Arco was not good enough for the NHL? Looks pretty solid to me. If I was a team looking for some depth at the deadline, Arco would be a bargain.

    • Kanuunankuula

      He did have a great game. But how much should a GM pay for a guy who was waived 3 times last year and then goes pointless for 13 games and then has 1 2-goal game in the NHL this year?

  • Jeremy Ian

    Leipsic deserves it. Fun to watch him.

    Babcock = great coach.

    One of these days, the Blue Warrior needs to go to him. Even Colin Greening knows his place on the ice. Even when the team loses, the guys play a disciplined, structured, game. Look at the payroll:

    4th line: $1,803k

    3rd line: $7,100k

    2nd line: $3,375k

    1st line: $10,050k

    That’s astonishing, esp considering that the payroll carries guys like Grabner and Greening, who are among the highest paid members of the team and on their way out. When a forward corps that earns only $22,328k can play this way, the coaching deserves a bow.