Saturday, March 24, 2007

Well, colour me shocked

Toronto hung on to win 4-1.

I'll definitely take a series split from Buffalo; three or four points here would have been a LOT better but I think two is impressive enough. More important than the actual points here is the moral victory: after last night, the team needed to show that they weren't going to be too shaken up. Look at Edmonton after the Ryan Smyth trade (although granted, Edmonton has been a fucking terrible team all year and I picked them to finish 13th in September). The team was destroyed emotionally. Toronto needed to get a quick win here to prove that they weren't going to let the collapse on Friday get to them. This was really important for Raycroft, since goalies are always a little wonky like that. Raycroft had a great game, Toronto got that win, and I have confidence in the team again. Maybe we're still behind the pace, but we're still alive. And that's important.

The only thing that sucks about this is that everyone else in the race picked up four points over the last four days. It would have really been nice if someone else could have done their job. Off the top of my head (meaning I haven't looked at standings and won't be doing that to make the math correct), Toronto sits at 82 points - which is good for 11th. Montreal and Carolina move back into their tie for eighth with 84, and both of them have more wins than Toronto.

I don't know. It's going to be really, really tough. But this team showed tonight, coming off of last night, that they still have a bit of moxie in them. I'm not going to count them out yet.

1 comment:

Cameron said...

well, one of the fucking original six teams besides the Wings needs to make the playoffs.

And the other one better be the Leafs.