March will be a difficult battle for the Leafs, and their Western Conference opponents are not likely to make it any easier than their Eastern Conference ones. Any success the Leafs have will be dependent on consistent point production from Kessel, Kulemin, MacArthur and Grabovski. Only Florida, and the Islanders represent soft opponents, and other than that every opponent is either currently in a playoff position, or at most two points out of one. Awesome.
It was almost as if this game was a microcosm of the entire season. Every time it seemed the Pens were done, they refused to die. We know not to get all jammed up about games and shit, but we can't help but see this one being a game that will be remembered for a while. It was very similar to the 6-5 classic in Toronto so many years ago.
James Neal – Mark Letestu – Alexei Kovalev
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Max Talbot – Dustin Jeffrey – Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams – Mike Rupp – Chris Conner
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Deryk Engelland – Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy – Matt Niskanen
Clake MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Colby Armstrong – Darryl Boyce – Mike Brown
Jay Rosehill – Tim Brent – Joey Crabb/Fredrik Sjostrom
Keith Aulie – Dion Phaneuf
Luke Schenn – Carl Gunnarsson
Mike Komisarek – Brett Lebda