Oct 30, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) celebrates his goal in front of Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Toronto Maple Leafs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Maple Leafs Morning: Leafs Extinguish Flames 4-2

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The Toronto Maple Leafs once again added a notch to the win column after a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, completing the Alberta sweep before they head into Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Saturday.

Some shoddy goaltending on the part of Kari Ramo to go along with another stellar performance by a Leafs netminder, this time Jonathan Bernier, led to a Leafs victory despite Calgary absolutely dominating puck possession from start to finish. The Flames finished with a Corsi For of 63.2%. The only 3 Flames with a Corsi For under 50% was their fourth line, and partially thanks to the way they were deployed Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan both had CF of 80% or higher.

As they have all season however, the Leafs were able to lean on their goaltending to keep them in the game, and were able to capitalize on their opportunities as they presented themselves.

The Good

  • James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul continued their solid play, each notching a goal on the evening. The Leafs ability to get consistent scoring from a number of sources has allowed them to win a lot of games they shouldn’t have (like last night).
  • Jonathan Bernier saw James Reimer‘s shutout on Tuesday and went all in with a 41 save performance on Wednesday night in an attempt to match it. Going from years of awful goaltending to this has been a treat.
  • In 17 minutes of ice time Jake Gardiner managed a CF of 53.7%. A decent showing on a normal night, but given the performance of his teammates, it was quite the night for Gardiner.  His CF was +22.6% relative to the Leafs performance with him not on the ice.

The Bad

  • There was a lot of bad. To start, the Leafs fourth line was an absolute liability once again. Randy Carlyle‘s insistence on having two face punchers is asinine (although McLaren did leave very early after injuring himself punching faces.
  • David Clarkson may have managed to score his first point as a Leaf (and in the process flashed the skills that got him paid for the first time) but he took a couple of dumb penalties, which isn’t anything new according to Devils fans I know.
  • Seriously, the CALGARY FLAMES absolutely dominated play against the Leafs last night. That’s terrible! Matt Stajan controlled the tempo of the game when he was on the ice…how can that happen!?!

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