After last night’s win over the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-0) are off to a hot start. Leading 4-0 after two periods, the Leafs would cough up their lead, but Phil Kessel’s snapshot from the point proved to be the game-winner in a 6-5 victory.
People were saying that if Dion Phaneuf played this year with the same intensity he played with the last 25 games he did last year the Leafs would have chance at the playoffs. In two games, Phaneuf has been pulverizing opponents with big hits and lots of offensive production. Phaneuf, 26, has three points for the Toronto and is +4 already. Phaneuf rocked Senators’ rookie Stephane Da Costa with a punishing open ice hit last night, a hit which should be a candidate for hit of the year
The Leaf’s top-point getter from last year is out to prove he’s among the league’s elite scorers. Sniper Phil Kessel scored his first hat trick as a Leaf (third career) in a four-point effort. Kessel is also +4 and has a league-high five points. Kessel, 23, was voted last night’s Compuware first start of the night on NHL.com.
No chance Reimer could start the season as hot as where he left off last year, right? Think again. The former 99th-overall pick posted a 32- shot shutout (fourth career shutout) in his first game and was also voted NHL.com’s first star of the night in the Leafs 2-0 blanking of Montreal. Reimer, 23, had a streak of five consecutive periods without a goal against before allowing five in the third. He still has an excellent goals against average of 2.50.