The Toronto Maple Leafs looked like a real team this past weekend. After a hard fought shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Friday, they went on to capture their third point in two nights, defeating the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 at the Air Canada Centre.
After avoiding a trade deadline move this past Thursday, centreman Jason Allison played one of his best games as Leaf, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in the win. After rocketing his season goal total to a whopping thirteen, Allison celebrated the 2-goal performance by guzzling 2-shot Belvedere and Sodas at one of Torontoist’s favourite College Street destinations. If the playoffs are going to be an option this year, certain Leafs will need to double up on the score sheet again this week as they currently sit 6 points behind the Lightning for the final spot, yet still 2 points behind the Atlanta Thrashers for ninth.
The Leafs host Boston on Tuesday evening before they go on the road for three games over the next five nights – Buffalo on Wednesday, New York to face the Rangers on Saturday, and Pittsburgh on Sunday.