First real blowout of the season.
The Carolina Hurricanes lay an almighty shellacking on the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1.
Yesterday when I wrote the post about some firsts of the season, I had wanted to include at least one lopsided game but so far there hadn't been any that qualified.
The game in Toronto against the Hurricanes that wrapped up a few minutes ago satisfies all the requirements however. A listless, uninterested Leafs squad and a Hurricanes team clicking on all cylinders and the result is the kind of game that will have the hounds baying for blood in Toronto.
The early season stand-by cliches will start falling by the wayside pretty soon. "It's only 3, 4, 5 (insert number here) games..." will start to become meaningless shortly and the Leafs will have to do something to quell the rising tide of media-stoked fan rage that has less patience than seasons of the past.
No doubt the blowout mantras will accompany this one as well. "If you're gonna play poorly and lose, sometimes a lopsided result isn't as bad as you might think. Get it out of the way and move on, as opposed to when you lose a close one it can blah blah blah etc."
I caught the game on the radio and by all accounts Vesa Toskala in nets was solid despite letting in seven. No doubt the goaltender debate will ratchet up again.
Should be some interesting discussion in the Toronto media in the days to come...