I missed the first two periods of Monday night’s Thrashers game in Toronto…the Divine Mrs. R and I attended the monthly JROTC Booster Club meeting, seeing how we are members and all and we go to support our tax-exemption cadet. I was planning on missing the third period as well…on purpose… and watch it on the replay without knowledge of the outcome. But I did that last Thursday when the Islanders were in town…and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning witnessing that debacle.
After the first period, however, I did sneak a peek at the score on my PDA…the one Smoothie’s girlfriend teases me about because it has a stylus…and saw it was 0-0 at the break. “Good”, I thought to myself. “I haven’t missed much”.
We hung around after the meeting for just a few minutes to get some questioned answered regarding our cadet tax-exemption, did some social “blah-blahs”…then made our way home. Upon arrival, I unloaded a few Christmas presents from the car that had been purchased earlier in the day, clicked on the TV…looked at the score…
WHISKEY – TANGO – FOXTROT!?!?!?!
Five to zip Leafs? Are you freakin’ kidding me? The 8-13-7 Maple Leafs…the 2-7-3 at home Maple Leafs…are putting that kinda beat-down on the Thrashers?
Uh-huh…yup they were.
The Toronto Maple Leafs came out of the locker room after the first break and commenced to score on the Thrashers early and often…starting at the 2:49 mark with Lee Stempniak’s seventh of the season. They didn’t get done wearing out Ondrej Pavelec and the Thrashers until Alexei Ponikarovsky netted two just before the second intermission…his first with 96 seconds remaining before the break, the second one with just 68 seconds left. In between Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto as well.
After stopping all ten shots he faced in the first period, Opie got beat five time on twelve shots in the second. He gave way to Hedberg for the final 20 minutes and Moose was able to turn away six shots as Bryan Little and Marty Reasoner performed a small bit of cosmetic surgery on the scoreboard with a pair of goals 35 seconds apart. Little’s coming while Stajan was serving time in the box for a tripping penalty.
Cosmetic surgery or not…losing like that to the Leafs is still ugly. Butt ugly.
In a way…I’m glad I missed the aesthetically-challenged second period. I’m happier still that I didn’t opt to watch it happen at around 0-dark-thirty.