The first period started well, Toronto winning the chance battle narrowly. Things stated to fall apart in the second, though, with Carolina pulling away to a big chance advantage, Toronto generating only two in the period. Of course, this wasn't reflected on the scoreboard, as the Leafs ended the period with a two-goal lead.
Toronto played a better third period, despite the score, as the teams traded early chances, allowing a goal on the powerplay that wasn't a chance, before Eric Staal put in a loose puck to tie the game, the only goal of Carolina's that came from a scoring chance.
The bizzare third goal by Carolina ended up in a result they probably deserved, but in an extremely strange way. Bernier took his attention off a long shot that seemed like it might go for icing, which then bounced off the boards and past him on the short side.
The two teams were even in the first and third period, but Toronto's miserable second (the period in which they scored both their goals), left that at a big deficit. The Leafs generated only one chance in the period other than the two goals.
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.
|TOR||ES||1||19:18||Kessel from rebound of Raymond shot||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||15||28||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||1||18:47||E Staal deflects Bellemore shot||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||15||28||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||1||17:09||J Staal wide from Harrison||11||63||32||4||44||45||11||14||19||7||44||30|
|TOR||ES||1||11:42||Raymond from rebound of Lupul shot||43||19||12||44||51||45||12||15||28||7||44||30|
|TOR||ES||1||08:21||Kessel from Gunnarson||42||81||12||15||36||45||12||53||28||7||44||30|
|TOR||SH||1||07:22||Raymond from Bozak||42||12||4||15||45||-||11||14||53||7||27||30|
|CAR||ES||1||04:04||Bowman from Semin||42||81||12||15||36||45||12||28||21||7||44||30|
|TOR||ES||1||02:35||Gunnarson from Lupul||43||19||37||15||36||45||8||39||21||65||73||30|
|CAR||SH||1||02:02||Skinner from Gerbe||11||42||3||36||45||-||11||14||53||7||27||30|
|CAR||SH||1||01:03||E Staal wide from Semin||63||12||4||51||45||-||11||12||15||28||4||30|
|CAR||ES||2||19:13||J Staal from Hainsey||11||63||32||4||44||45||11||14||19||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||2||19:10||Tlusty from rebound of J Staal shot||11||63||32||4||44||45||11||14||19||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||2||18:08||Ruutu wide from E Staal||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||15||28||4||27||30|
|TOR||ES||2||17:30||GOAL! Lupul from rebound||43||19||46||15||51||45||20||53||18||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||2||15:35||Bowman from Semin||43||19||46||15||51||45||12||28||21||4||27||30|
|TOR||ES||2||13:13||GOAL! Leivo from loose puck||11||63||32||4||44||45||11||14||19||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||2||10:50||Bowman from J Staal||23||28||37||4||44||45||11||39||21||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||2||10:29||Dvorak from Nash||43||19||46||15||51||45||20||53||18||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||2||09:57||Semin wide from E Staal||43||19||46||15||51||45||12||15||28||7||44||30|
|CAR||PP||2||09:18||Dwyer from loose puck||42||63||81||3||4||45||11||39||4||27||30||-|
|TOR||PP||2||08:34||Lupul from Raymond||43||19||12||44||51||45||19||18||4||27||30||-|
|CAR||ES||2||04:17||Tlusty deflects Sekera shot||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||19||28||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||2||02:11||Skinner from giveaway||43||19||46||15||51||45||20||53||21||65||73||30|
|TOR||ES||3||19:39||Kessel wide from Raymond||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||19||28||4||27||30|
|CAR||SH||3||18:29||Bowman wide from rebound of Sekera shot||11||42||3||36||45||-||12||15||28||21||4||30|
|CAR||SH||3||17:54||Ruutu from rebound of E Staal shot||11||12||3||36||45||-||12||15||28||21||4||30|
|CAR||ES||3||16:24||E Staal deflects Ruutu shot||42||81||12||4||44||45||12||19||28||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||3||15:32||Skinner wide from rebound||43||19||46||15||51||45||20||53||18||65||73||30|
|TOR||ES||3||14:41||McClement wide from rebound of Bolland shot||11||63||32||4||44||45||11||14||39||7||44||30|
|TOR||ES||3||14:07||Broll from loose puck||43||32||46||3||36||45||12||19||39||7||44||30|
|CAR||ES||3||13:12||GOAL! E Staal from loose puck||42||81||12||3||36||45||12||19||28||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||3||09:55||Skinner from loose puck||43||19||46||15||51||45||20||53||18||65||73||30|
|CAR||ES||3||05:13||Skinner from Nash||43||19||46||15||44||45||20||53||18||4||27||30|
|TOR||ES||3||04:30||Kessel from Phaneuf||42||81||12||3||36||45||20||53||18||4||27||30|
|TOR||ES||3||03:21||Lupul wide from Raymond||43||19||12||4||44||45||11||14||39||4||27||30|
|CAR||ES||3||01:45||Skinner wide from giveaway||42||81||12||3||51||45||12||53||28||4||27||30|
Another Corsi blowout for the Leafs, beaten 42-66 overall, and 32-51 5-on-5.
1st - 19:18 - Kessel fights of Sekera to get to a rebound of Raymond's shot, and does really well to put a tough shot on Ward.
1st - 11:42 - An excellent save from Ward, as a big rebound off a Lupul shot finds Raymond, who snuck in behind an oblivious Carolina defence.
1st - 7:22 - Skinner throws a bad pass across on a powerplay, springing Bozak and Raymond. Murphy doesn't do much of anything to hinder a pass across, forcing Ward to come across and make another good save.
1st - 4:04 - Ranger coughs the puck up to Semin behind the net, who centers for Bowman, who is completely alone in front; no Leaf is even moving in his direction until the puck is on his stick. Bernier manages to make the save.
1st - 2:35 - A rare jump up in the play from Gunnarson, who catches Bowman out, but can't put the shot on net after Lupul sends him a nice pass.
2nd - 19:13 - Another lapse from the Leafs in front, as Jordan Stall is left totally alone to take a couple of whacks after a pass in from Hainsey. Neither Rielly nor Franson are in close attention to a guy right on the doorstep.
2nd - 18:08 - Gunnarson goes in down low to apply pressure, and Kessel and/or Raymond don't do anything to back him up, leaving Eric Staal to break in with Ruutu, who can't put the shot on net.
2nd - 17:30 - Sekera pinches, and while Dvorak backs him up, he gets caught out by Ranger's pass over the top to Lupul, who cuts in, and after a couple of chances manages to shovel in a rebound.
2nd - 15:35 - Ranger is badly victimized by Bowman, who speeds around him like he isn't there after he goes for an interception.
2nd - 13:13 - Another pinch from Sekera goes wrong, as he doesn't get the puck or Leivo. The pass option to McClement is well shut down by Faulk, but Leivo puts the shot past Ward.
2nd - 10:29 - Ranger beaten again, this time by Skinner. Nash's pass for Dvorak is temporarily interrupted by Broll, but ends up dropping right to the forward for a good chance.
2nd - 2:11 - A miscue from Bernier, whose clearance attempt hits Skinner, then drops to give him a backhand shot with the Leaf goalie way out of his crease. He's close enough that the save isn't that difficult, but a strange play nonetheless.
3rd - 15:32 - Kadri throws it up the boards, but right to Skinner, who has his shot knocked down by Gardiner, but shows some incredible work effort to get to the rebound, twisting himself to fire a backhand that goes just wide.
3rd - 13:12 - A bit of bad luck here, as Gunnarson blocks a shot, only to perfectly tee up Eric Staal in the slot, who fires in the tying goal.
3rd - 9:55 - More great work from Skinner, who goes past Lupul and Kadri to get into to position to fire a decent shot on net.
3rd - 5:13 - With the Leafs now trailing, it almost becomes a two-goal deficit, as all four Leafs in the defensive zone manage to leave Skinner totally alone. He walks in after Nash throws a pass to him from along the boards, but Bernier turns him aside.
3rd - 1:45 - Skinner's excellent period continues, as he takes advantage of Gardiner's fall to walk out in front, but puts the shot high.
The scoring chance numbers for the Leaf players:
Another weak game from the top line, though at least they were generating chances tonight, unlike the last game against Minnesota.
Kadri was better than last game, but again a negative, while Broll took a big negative on that line, as he really struggled. Bolland, McClement and Leivo were the most effective of the Leaf lines, but even they weren't great. Mason Raymond had a much-improved game, on for a team-high six chances for.
Easily Ranger's worst game as a Leaf, I think, as he was on for 8 chances against, and a -5. Gardiner suffered too, while Franson and Rielly were negative, but not substantially. Gunnarson was the bright spot, the only Leaf skater all night who posted a positive differential.
Eric Staal was particularly impressive, as was Semin. Skinner impressed to the eyes, and had a nice +3, though I would have felt like he was on for more chances than that. The most impressive showing came from Hainsey and Bellmore, who put up stunning +6 ratings, and were on for just one chance against each. They primarily racked these up against the Kadri line in the back half of the game, but had chances for against each of the Leafs' three main lines.
Dwyer was the weakest for Carolina, and while Sekera and Faulk were both positive, they were on for team high 6 chances against.
Players with nice chance numbers:
Toronto - Carl Gunnarsson, Josh Leivo
Carolina - Eric Staal, Ron Hainsey, Brett Bellmore
Players with poor chance numbers:
Toronto - Paul Ranger, David Broll, Jake Gardiner
Carolina - Patrick Dwyer, Ryan Murphy