Maple Leaf Monster Performance: Why Jonas Gustavsson Could Be the Answer in Net

November 3rd, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
Wednesday night in Washington, Jonas Gustavsson played the best a goalie can possibly play in a loss. Even though it ended 5-4 in the shootout in favour of the Capitals, the "Monster" had a monster game between the pipes for the Leafs. 

The pressure was relentless throughout the night, and the Capitals entered the third period with a 3-1 lead before the Leafs battled back, and eventually went ahead 4-3. Alex Semin tied it up late, and the stage was set for extra time.

But the comebacks weren't the story on this night.

Gustavsson, playing in just his fourth game of the season, stole the show in Washington. The Caps fired 30 shots at him, and he stopped 26 of them-including a couple of the mammoth variety.

His second period diving stick save (one that few saw at first) has got to be a candidate for early save of the year, and there were other chances for Ovechkin and Co. to put the game away, but the Monster kept his team alive.

Gustavsson's great play has gone somewhat unnoticed this season, as everyone seems focused on a number of issues surrounding the team at the moment. But he's been good, really goo ...

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