Toronto Maple Leafs and Jonas Gustavsson: Can He Be a True No. 1?

January 6th, 2011 by Peter Kleiss Leave a reply »
Is Jonas Gustavsson the Leafs' No. 1 goalie? I surely do not think so, at least not after his latest performance. He is mediocre at best; an average goalkeeper who doesn't have the ability to steal a game now and then.

Can anyone remember when the opposition had a breakaway and Gustavsson didn't get beat?

I cringe every time I see an opposing forward going in alone, as I know the score is about to change for the worse. It was no different tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

Apparently, even a three-goal lead in the third period is not enough of a cushion for the Leafs. Three goals in succession mid-way through the third period by St. Louis saw that three-goal Leafs lead evaporate.

Aside from straight shots beating Gustavsson at virtually every opportunity, he displayed a bumbling, goofy style of netminding that almost had him putting the puck into his own net on a few occasions. Only poor reviewing angles and dumb luck kept two of those off the scoreboard.

Granted, Gustavsson had little in the way of defensive help during the Blues comeback. The Leafs were caught out of position most of the third period and allowed numero ...

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