LFG! Not only is the NHL back, but the Leafs start the season with an absolute nail-bitter. After coming back from trailing twice, it was a sweet victory with an unreal OT tap in from Morgan Rielly.
The first half of the game I along with every Leafs fan was with no doubt expecting the Leafs to pull a Leafs. Why wouldn’t they? The new additions. The expectations. The newly announced documentary (blog coming on that). Montreal had the Leafs on the rope in an uncomfortable way for too long.
But then our favourite pretty boy rockstar, William Nylander gets the Leafs on the board with a little slap-shot from the blue line and sets a fire under the asses on the Toronto bench. Along with a scrap from the newly added Wayne Simmons.
This season was going to have to be a “prove it” season for Nylander, and well he fuckin proved it. With the first two goals, keeping the Leafs in the game and tying his personal best with a 3 point game, he’s ready to go.
For the newly minted Leafs, Jumbo Joe didn’t stand out at all, wasn’t overly good or bad as expected. Jimmy Vesey impressed Leafs nation with the tying goal to make it 4-4, and Wayne Simmons showed his grit with a good fight and taking the W against Ben Chiarot.
With 2 goals from Nylander, 1 goal from Captain John Tavares, 1 goal from Jimmy Vesey and the OT winner from Rielly the whole team contributed with the stars stepping up.
I have very high hopes for Jimmy Vesey this season. He was a stud at Harvard and his game seemed to have lost its momentum when he came into the league with the Rangers. After a career high 35 points in the 2018-2019 season with the Rangers, he was dealt to Buffalo and only put up 20 points in 64 games last season. We will see what he can make of this great opportunity to play along side with Tavares and Nylander.
The rust in the Leafs game was evident but clearly seemed to fade as the game went on.
The main take away from this game however is that Montreal is legit. I was somewhat boggled when I saw all the analysts ranking them so high. With the additions of Toffoli and Josh Anderson, don’t be suprised if they battle with the Leafs for a top spot in this years North Division. If Carey Price can stay healthy along with Captain Shea Webber, the Habs could seriously have a good season.