Tuesday, December 15, 2009

B's Lose, Leafs Win and Move Up A Spot

Boston's offense went MIA again in a 3-1 loss to Philly at home last night.

The winning goal appeared to deflect off of Blake Wheeler's glove, but will no doubt bring forth the critics of Tim Thomas once again. I won't go down the road of defending him, but anytime your team can only score one goal, chances are- you won't win the game.

On the other hand, Toronto beat the Ottawa Senators and have posted two wins in a row after their last defeat by the B's.

They now have 31 points, which ties them with seven other clubs, but by virtue of tie-breakers, they only managed to pass up the New York Islanders in the standings.

If the season ended today, the Bruins would own the third overall pick, but let's be honest- Toronto certainly appears to have gotten it together better and with Vesa Toskala actually playing like an NHL goalie these days, they're going to pass up some more clubs on the way up.

The bad news for Toronto is that they gave up a lot of points in the first two months of the season, so how far up they can go is the big question. They've got a tougher schedule here in the short-term so it will be an interesting measuring stick for them.

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