The Leafs beat the New York Rangers 4-2 tonight, ending their fathers/sons road trip with a 1 – 1 record. They played a solid game against the Rangetrs who are one of the suprise teams in this early NHL season, sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Recent Leafs acquisitions Tim Connolly, Cody Franson, and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Leafs while David Steckel added an empty netter. Franson has had a frustrating start to the season spending a lot of time in the press box, but with a few injuries on the back-end, he has now been given an opportunity and has played well.
This is one of the key differences this year for the Leafs. They have NHL caliber players sitting in the press box where as the last few years they had AHL calibre players playing significant NHL minutes.
On Saturday Ron Wilson told the media that Gustavsson would be playing that night against the Bruins, but at game time James Reimer got the start, causing a bit of a radio, twitter, media rift. Burke threw his 2 cents in defending his coach to what is essentially a non issue. So when Ron Wilson said that Gustavsson would be starting today, it was a surprise to the Toronto media when Gustavsson actually got the start. The Monster had a solid game and came up with 30 saves.
The Leafs will try and build off this win when they suit up versus the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at the ACC.