A crazy night in Jersey, the kind of game where team chemistry is built, leaders emerge and heroes are born.
Taking the game in with Carlo Colaiacovo as he sit out yet another game was very difficult. Carlo is keeping a good attitude, but is very disappointed that he's not getting the chance to play for this team. He was the first guy jumping up and down and high-fiving me during each Leaf goal. Then during the shootout, the tension, the nervous squeeze of the arm, this guy cares about his team, and only wants to see the boys win, whether he plays or not.
The game was a memorable one indeed. It started with the Leafs falling behind early, then surging back unexpectedly against one of the best goalies in the world. Back and forth all night long, what an entertaining game to watch. Ron Wilson wasn't happy with five goals against, but the unexpected offense was a breath of fresh air, as was the three powperplay goals on the night. The lessons drilled into his team's head during practices are taking hold. Jason Blake, singled out during a recent team skate had a jump to his step all night long. Dominic Moore, Jamal Mayers and yes the much maligned Ryan Hollweg were all providing much needed spark throughout the game.
When Hagman scored to give the Leafs the lead in the shootout, albeit by blowing snow in Brodeur's face, Carlo and yours truly were chest thumping and hugging each other, we just KNEW the game was won at that point. Toskala comes up big on the final shot, joy all around.
A tough schedule to begin the season, and this Leaf team has proven it's naysayers wrong. No one could have expected 11 points in the first 10 games, but there it is. As I've been preaching to my readers since the pre-season began, expect big things from this Leaf team. They are building towards something and have a different attitude then previous Leaf teams of the last 3-4 seasons. Onward and upwards Leaf fans!
Are you sure it was chest thumping?
Did you squeeze his "arm" back?
mancrush on Carlo eh .... his heart was thumping for the game while yours was thumping because you had his muscular abdominals in your arms!Chest thumping sounds so queer ... to me it sounds like your dry humping eachothers pectorials by rubbing them up and down eachother haha