Monday, October 12, 2009

Toronto, Boston lose on Columbus Day

It was a pretty sorry Columbus Day (October 12th) for theLeafs and B's.

The Bruins dropped a matinee against the youtfully exuberant Colorado Avalanche, 4-3. Tuukka Rask looked like a rookie, muffing several rebounds and then giving up power play and short-handed goals in the second period after the Bruins had erased a 2-0 deficit thanks to strikes from Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler. Michael Ryder scored in the third, but the Bruins couldn't get the equalizer on former Bruins goalie (for three days) Craig Anderson.

The Leafs dropped to 0-4-1 and are dead-last in the NHL after a 7-2 shellacking at the hands of the New York Rangers. The Leafs were only down by a goal going into the third, but gave up two quick ones to blow it open, thanks to Sean Avery, who tallied early in the period, and then late to close it out. Vesa Toskala gave up all seven Rangers tallies to post a .788 save percentage and certainly appears to be toast. Hard to figure him getting his game together anytime soon- he looked rotten when I saw him live against Washington last week and was pulled for Jonas Gustavsson.

If the season ended today, the Bruins would be looking at the No. 2 overall selection at minimum, with the best chance of winning the lottery. That's the good news. The bad news is that Boston's uninspired start would have them sitting at the 11th draft slot.

Lots of hockey to be played, so don't read too much into it after just five games.

Tampa moved up with a win over Florida tonight, so their second-rounder looks to be around 45 or 46 as it stands right now.

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