Leafs Postgame: Leafs Lose, ‘Laine’s Better’

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Tonight, it was 4-0. Yeah, I said it, and if you weren’t watching: yes, really. That just happened.


  • Connor Carrick with the first goal off a James Van Riemsdyk shot, with the secondary assist from Mitch Marner. 1-0 Leafs
  • Nazem Kadri with the second goal off a beauty play by Morgan Rielly. 2-0 Leafs
  • Second period saw two goals in 8 seconds, Nylander set up by Matthews. 3-0 Leafs
  • 8 seconds later saw Kadri with his second, set up by Nylander. 4-0 Leafs
  • Two goals by Winnipeg. First of the season by Tyler Myers off Mark Schieffele. Followed by an unassisted Patrik Laine goal. 4-2 Leafs.
  • Winnipeg crowd started up a “Laine’s better” chant early in the third, and while Auston Matthews wasn’t the same 4-goal-beast he was against Ottawa… my response to that was still a raised eyebrow and the kind of ‘hmmm’ your mother gives when you try and pass off shoving everything under your bed as cleaning your room.
  • Third Winnipeg goal, Mark Schieffele with a wrist shot from the top of the circle.4-3 Leafs.
  • Laine with his second goal of the night, ties it with 54.5 seconds left. 4-4 tie.
  • Laine with his third goal, completing the hattrick, to win it in overtime. Jets win: 5-4.


Kadri takes the MVP of today’s game for me. In a game that for all intents and purposes, should have been won at 4-0 or 4-1, Kadri was everywhere. He scored two goals of his own, but spent the rest of the game generally making a nuisance of himself for the Winnipeg Jets. He successfully drew a penalty against Byfuglien for roughing in the second. The game just needed a few more Nazem Kadris tonight.


Shoutout goes to Patrik Laine. He really is a damn good player. He has a very Ovechkin style of play about him, very larger than life. Big hits, big shots, flashy goals. And Alex Ovechkin is a treasure to watch. I look forward to seeing more of what Laine can do. 


The Leafs play again tomorrow (October 20, 2016) against the Minnesota Wild, in Minnesota.