Montreal Vs.Toronto: Tomas Kaberle’s First Leads Leafs over Listless Habs

December 12th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
In playing their second game in 24 hours the fear was that the Montreal Canadiens might be tired against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. Add to that the fact that they arrived in Toronto late Friday night and that they spent a lot of energy in the third period against the Red Wings, and it seemed like the perfect storm might be brewing.

The only saving grace, at least on paper, was that the Habs were playing against a Leafs team that has a lot of trouble scoring goals. The Leafs are third from last in the league in goals, with just 65 in 29 games—a 2.24 goals per game average.

Hardly an offensive juggernaut.

But that didn't matter last night, as the Canadiens played a passive trapping game from the first buzzer, allowing the Leafs to dominate play in their zone. The Canadiens had a few decent shifts to start the game but seemed to be suffering the after effects of the previous night's tilt against the Red Wings.

With the Canadiens sitting back and letting the Leafs take the play to them, they once again got themselves into penalty trouble which further compounded their problems.

The Leafs opened the scoring in t ...

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