The Toronto Maple Leafs played their most complete game of the year against the best team they’ve seen to date. The San Jose Sharks a deeply talented club must have had their water bottles spiked with idiot pills tonight spending most of the night trying to run Nazem Kadri. The feud that was percolated last year between Kadri and Joe Thornton escalated with Barclay Goodrow letting everyone in the rink, TV, Hollywood and ohhh the guys in the striped shirts know he wanted to hurt Kadri right off the faceoff. He succeeded with one of the dumber penalties we’ll see this year that didn’t result in a PP goal but Tavares scored shortly after.
In a highly paced first period in what some are pegging as a possible mid-June match-up brought out the best in each team. The play carried over into the second with the Leafs trailing 3-2 but quickly erased the deficit when Josh Leivo scored on a rush.
Marner stole an attempted pass from Pavelski and sent Kasperi Kapanen in alone that made no mistake registering his second of the game, a shortie, giving the Leafs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Toronto went into shut down mode while applying pressure and is at their best with this up-tempo game. San Jose was frustrated and tried to slow the speedy Leafs, upping their physical play but Toronto’s speed was too much and the Sharks were chasing the game.
Marner iced the win converting a goaline to blueline pass from Frederik Anderson burying a snap shot behind Martin Jones.
Terrific game all around by the blue and white, that received a strong game from Anderson making some key saves when it counted. The clock showed the Sharks registered 45 shots on goal which I find extremely difficult to believe (a common occurrence on the road) unless Joe Thornton’s dad was keeping score.