Tyler Bozak has seemed to regain the touch that he displayed during his rookie campaign. With his two goals in the win over Ottawa, Bozak has now picked up four points in his last three games.
Bozak had his first two-goal game of his NHL career Saturday. The line of Bozak-Phil Kessel-Joey Crabb was dangerous throughout the game combining for six points. Bozak finished the night with two goals, a plus two and he won 59 per cent on face offs.
Making his first NHL start, James Reimer was very effective as the native of Winnipeg had his family in attendance to witness his first NHL victory over the rival Ottawa Senators.
Although he didn't have to be spectacular, Reimer was sound positionally, cut down the angles and was very calm between the pipes. He saw his shutout bid ended in the second. He finished the night with 32 saves to start 2011 with a win for the Leafs.
Following two tough loses at home to close out 2010, the Leafs began the new year with a win and their second straight road victory. The last time the Leafs won back-to-back road games was during the 4-0 start to the season in October.
The month of January sees the Leafs play eight road games which is tied for the second most on the season (March). The win should give some much needed confidence with a big west coast road trip ahead.
``It was nice to see James get his first win in his first NHL start, it's just too bad we took a couple of bad penalties to put us down five-on-three, otherwise I think the way we limited their opportunities he could have had a shutout. What we did was take advantage of a very tired team. They mounted a big comeback and that always drains a lot of energy. We were ready and hungry and we took advantage.''
Monday, January 3 vs. Boston Bruins 7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)
Game Notes: The Maple Leafs return home to take on the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match up.
Boston is coming off a 7-6 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins have lost two straight games in the shootout but they continue to lead the Northeast Divison with 46 points, two more than Montreal.