The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres met in preseason action on Saturday night. While the game wasn’t terribly noteworthy, and the all too long shootout didn’t offer much in terms of excitement, new Maple Leaf Paul Ranger recognized the absurdity of a preseason shootout and responded with the greatest shootout attempt I have ever seen.
While Buffalo netminder Jhonas Enroth did not take kindly to Ranger’s goof of a shootout attempt, Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle saw the humour in it (seriously, he actually cracked a non-sarcastic smile).
The Leafs ended up winning in the shootout (in the 15th round), thanks in large part to James Reimer, who was my second star of the game (after Ranger of course). Reimer was exceptional in the first period of the game, in which he made 17 saves.
Jay McClement and Jamie Devane were the goal scorers for the Maple Leafs, both coming in the third period as the Maple Leafs erased a 2-0 deficit.
The game headed to overtime timed at two, where the teams exchanged chances before ultimately heading to the shootout. Neither team was able to score until McClement came down the ice on the 30th attempt of the evening and finally buried one, mercifully ending what was quickly becoming a farce.
One benefit of the game and joke of a shootout was the fact that Paul Ranger was able to attempt the gloriousness of the above. I will lay in bed dreaming of how happy I could have been if Paul had only been able to score.