I thought I had gotten distracted when I went back to my charts for the first period, as I had just one chance in the whole frame, the Anaheim goal. A rewatch showed that I wasn't wrong; the first period had the fewest chances of any Leaf period so far in the season.
The second period was then evenly split, but the Leafs were ahead at even strength, as well as scoring three goals to take the lead. Cricitally, this included surviving a solid stretch of 5-on-3, just after tying the game. They lost the third period overall, but won it at even strength, despite score effects seeing Anaheim push the play looking for an equalizer.
The last time Toronto allowed less than 10 even strength chances in a game was at Nashville, also the last time that they managed to win the even strength chance battle.
A summary of the scoring chances:
Follow below the fold for details.
This was my list of scoring chances from the game. If you see any problems or omissions (here or anywhere else), please go ahead and leave a comment.
|ANA||ES||1||02:22||GOAL! Bonino from Maroon||23||28||40||4||44||45||13||33||62||6||47||1|
|ANA||ES||2||18:01||GOAL! Perreault from Vatanen||43||19||12||4||44||45||22||33||65||45||55||1|
|TOR||ES||2||14:37||McClement from Bollland||11||63||32||15||36||45||13||33||62||23||47||1|
|TOR||ES||2||14:02||Raymond from Lupul||43||19||12||4||44||45||15||21||10||4||55||1|
|TOR||PP||2||12:16||GOAL! Kessel from Van Riemsdyk||42||81||21||3||4||45||7||65||23||55||1||-|
|TOR||ES||2||10:57||GOAL! Phaneuf from rebound of Bolland shot||63||12||32||3||4||45||22||8||65||4||6||1|
|ANA||SH||2||08:31||Fowler wide from Selanne||42||3||36||45||-||-||15||22||8||10||4||1|
|ANA||SH||2||08:27||Perry from loose puck||42||3||36||45||-||-||15||22||8||10||4||1|
|ANA||SH||2||07:28||Koivu wide from Perry||11||12||3||36||45||-||11||15||10||33||4||1|
|ANA||ES||2||06:54||Van Riemsdyk from Bozak||42||81||21||15||51||45||7||11||34||23||47||1|
|TOR||ES||2||03:51||GOAL! Kessel drives||42||81||21||3||15||45||15||21||10||4||6||1|
|ANA||ES||3||19:16||Getzlaf wide from Silfverberg||42||81||3||51||45||-||15||33||4||6||1||-|
|TOR||ES||3||18:59||Kessel wide from loose puck||42||81||4||44||45||-||7||11||4||6||1||-|
|ANA||ES||3||18:50||Koivu from Fowler||43||19||4||44||45||-||7||11||4||6||1||-|
|TOR||ES||3||18:12||Raymond post Gardiner||63||12||3||51||45||-||22||34||45||55||1||-|
|ANA||ES||3||14:24||Winnik wide from rebound of Lindholm shot||11||63||81||4||44||45||7||11||34||6||47||1|
|TOR||ES||3||13:46||Kessel from Bozak||42||81||21||3||36||45||13||15||10||4||6||1|
|ANA||ES||3||13:02||Selanne from Perreault||43||19||12||36||44||45||22||8||33||45||55||1|
|TOR||ES||3||11:49||GOAL! Kessell from Van Riemsdyk||42||81||21||15||44||45||7||11||34||23||47||1|
|TOR||ES||3||09:23||Orr from McClement||11||63||28||15||51||45||13||21||65||6||55||1|
|ANA||SH||3||07:50||Palmieri from Beauchemin||11||21||3||36||45||-||13||21||22||33||23||1|
|ANA||SH||3||07:28||Bonino wide from Silfverberg||11||21||3||36||45||-||13||21||22||33||23||1|
|TOR||ES||3||06:59||Van Riemsdyk PS after blocked shot||43||19||21||4||44||45||13||21||22||33||23||1|
|ANA||ES||3||04:34||Silfverberg from Vatanen||42||81||21||4||36||45||22||10||33||45||55||1|
|ANA||ES||3||01:41||Bonino from Getzlaf||42||19||21||3||36||45||13||15||8||33||4||45|
|ANA||ES||3||01:37||Selanne from rebound of Bonino shot||42||19||21||3||36||45||13||15||8||33||4||45|
The Extra Skater game profile.
The Leafs lost rather clearly on Corsi, which did not track with the scoring chances. it was 44-68 Ducks overall, and 34-49 5-on-5.
1st - 14:06 - It wasn't a chance, but it was close. Kessel has a pass across knocked down, springing Getzlaf with Palmieri, but Kessel's excellent backcheck has him tie Palmieri's stick up and ride him into the net, ensuring the Duck couldn't get a shot on net.
1st - 2:22 - Franson pinches on the Anaheim breakout, but the pass goes across the ice, rather than up the boards, leaving him nowhere. He then bumps into Bodie, leaving both totally out of the play and Rielly alone on a 3-on-1. Maroon gets the pass around Rielly with some quick hands, leaving Bonino an easy finish at the far side.
2nd - 18:01 - The nadir of the game for the Leafs, as Anaheim go ahead by two. Rielly can't pin Perreault against the boards, allowing him to get out in front. No one manages to get over and cover him, and he finishes by lifting the puck over Bernier.
2nd - 14:37 - The Leafs' first chance of the game; a long pass misses Bolland, but is knocked down by Lindholm, dropping nicely for Bolland. Some terrible backchecking from Anaheim means that McClement then appears totally alone in prime scoring position, forcing a good save from Hiller. Bonino and Maroon show markedly little defensive urgency here. Very unimpressive from them after a nice play on the first goal.
2nd - 14:02 - The classic 2-on-1 setup, Allen gets a shot blocked by Lupul at the line, sending the forward in with Raymond against Fowler. Fowler points Allen over to Raymond, but he can't get over in time, and Lupul gets the pass through, with Hiller there again.
2nd - 12:16 - Van Riemsydk's pass to setup the first goal is incredible, though also lucky to make it through a forest of legs. He's right there for the rebound of Franson's shot, but after missing with a swing, somehow gets off a turn-around pass through the slot to leave Kessel an easy tap-in. Another one of many excellent shows of skill from JVR.
2nd - 10:57 - Selanne mishandles the puck at the offensive blue line, springing Bolland on a rush that doesn't seem like it'll amount to much, as Bolland drifts wide and Leivo doesn't go to the front of the net, and is tightly covered. Bolland just fires a shot from a bad angle, but the rebound goes straight to Phaneuf, who none of the three Ducks forwards get over to cover. The captain finishes with a strong shot from prime position.
2nd - 3:51 - Ranger pokes the puck away from Getzalf on the boards, sending Kessel loose on a 2-on-1. He waits quite a while for JVR to get up into the play, but doesn't end up trying the pass, which Fowler seems to have covered fairly well, and just opts to snap it past Hiller with that spectacular shot of his.
3rd - 19:16 - 4-on-4, Kessel turns the puck over at the blue line, where it goes past Phaneuf, allowing Silfverberg in behind him. He gets into a good shooting position, but decides to drop it for Getzlaf, who ends up putting it wide.
3rd - 18:12 - A spin move, followed by a little drag, gets Raymond some space for a shot, as Allen can't keep with him. The shot's from the outer edge of the scoring chance area, but hit the bar.
3rd - 14:24 - Toronto almost gets caught out by a chance off the back boards, as a shot from Lindholm comes right out to an open Winnik, with Bernier out of position. Winnik's shot found the post, though, keeping Toronto's lead.
3rd - 13:02 - A great diving save from Bernier, after Vatanen sifts through the middle and dishes to Perreault, who gets a pass through to Selanne at the far post, who had been left alone to move in by Kadri.
3rd - 11:49 - Another 2-on-1 as Lindholm gets caught on the wrong side of JVR, and then falls, allowing him the Leaf free with Kessel. Former Leaf Beauchemin gets down to try and block the pass, but Van Riemsdyk waits him out and threads it through to Kessel on the backhand for the hat-trick goal.
3rd - 9:23 - An Anaheim defender (Allen) falls after Bolland managed to keep the puck in at the line, setting up a 2-on-1 down low in the Duck zone. Bolland finds McClement, who gets it over to Orr, who can't manage to shovel it in.
3rd - 6:59 - JVR blocks a shot and takes the puck in on a rush again, this time earning a penalty shot, the second for the Leafs this season. I think it's a little light for a penalty shot, but it doesn't make a big difference, as he puts it off the crossbar.
3rd - 4:34 - A Vatanen pass catches one Leaf defender changing, and Gunnarson up a little to high to deal with a speeding Silfverberg. The Duck gets off a backhand, but is turned aside.
3rd - 1:41 - The best sequence Anaheim mustered with the net empty, as Bonino has a lot of empty space to hammer a shot from a Getzlaf pass. The rebound falls to Selanne, but he can't get a lot on it, and Anaheim are turned aside again.
The scoring chance numbers for the Leaf players:
Kessel was the offensive star, but in chances he wasn't spectacular, as he was even in net. An improvement for him, and it helped the Leafs' cause that he was opportunistic within those chances. Even Van Riemsdyk, who produced a number of good chances, was on for a few as well. The best game came from Bolland, who rebounded extremely well after the disaster on Saturday. Raymond was also solid, his first positive game since playing Ottawa. Lupul had the lowest rating, at -3, though that is hurt a little by being on for the empty net chances in the third period. Josh Leivo also had a
Also a nice bounce-back game for Ranger, with a team high
Silfverberg showed some good speed at times, and was on for a team high 7 chances, while Vatanen, who impressed me, looked very good himself at +4.
Cory Perry didn't make much of an impression over the course of the game, not a memorable on for him, while Kyle Palmieri had the lowest Duck rating, a -4 with no chances for while he was on.
Players with nice chance numbers:
Toronto - Dave Bolland, Paul Ranger
Anaheim - Jacob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen
Players with poor chance numbers:
Toronto - Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson
Anaheim - Kyle Palmieri, Cory Perry, Francois Beauchemin