Seven goals against the Winnipeg Jets wasn’t necessarily the biggest shock, but chasing Henrik Lundqvist after putting five past him in the first period Saturday night catches your attention pretty quick. Toronto definitely showed some cracks against the New York Rangers, as they blew the 5-1 lead. Three more goals in the third period secured an attention-grabbing 8-5 win and 2-0 start for the Maple Leafs.
What’s most impressive about their scoring is that it’s spread out. Twelve players scored for the Leafs, as their top nine forwards looked near unstoppable at various points. They have some things to clean up to be sure, but there are not many teams that will be as fun to watch as the Leafs this season.
But after getting within 35-19 on Taylor Martin’s touchdown run in late in the third quarter, and forcing a quick fumble, the Jayhawks gave the momentum right back. Stanley’s pass was tipped and picked, and Shimonek hit Keke Coutee with a quick touchdown pass to restore order.
Coutee had eight catches for 87 yards, while Quan Shorts and Derrick Willies also had TD grabs.
Stanley finished with 110 yards passing, while Bender — who had beaten out last year’s starter in fall camp — was 12 of 24 for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
It did not take long for Ottawa fans to take a liking to him either, as he scored two goals in his NHL debut. Ironically, considering the uncertain start to his career, he got Cheap Youth Jerseys to pick his new team — and subsequently negotiated a new two-year contract that kicked Very Cheap Jerseys in this season — thanks to a no-movement clause in his old deal.