Oct 29, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) scores a goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman (30) at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Maple Leafs Morning: Toronto (4) @ Edmonton Oilers (0)


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Phil Kessel and James Reimer led the Toronto Maple Leafs to a resounding 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in the first stop of their 3 game western Canadian road swing. Kessel had 2 goals and 2 assists, while Reimer stopped 43 shots on his way to a shutout.

While the Leafs were once again outshot quite heavily by the opposition in this game, it wasn’t due to poor performance on their part this time. After two periods, the team’s were virtually tied in possession (as you can see from the above Fenwick chart), and Edmonton only really began to open up a differential as Toronto sat back and preserved a 4 goal lead, which is to be expected.

The Good

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  •  Phil Kessel continued his dominant play of late with a 4 point performance. He scored 2 goals adding two assists, and was a dynamic presence on the ice for much of the game.
  • Nazem Kadri continued to show the world why he belongs in the middle of James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel on a nightly basis. The Leafs young centre was his shifty self once more scoring a goal and two assists, one of which was an absolute beauty of a pass to set up Kessel’s first goal
  • James Reimer continued to show Leaf nation why they shouldn’t have gone ahead and anointed Jonathan Bernier the Leafs saviour in goal so early. He made 43 saves on route to a shutout, including several big saves early that seemed to take the wind out of Edmonton’s sails.

The Bad

  • Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr both played in this game, and whenever both of those goons are in the line up it’s a sad day in my books

Kessel Is God


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