Monday, October 9, 2017

Maple Leafs Most Goals First Two Games of Season

Firewagon hockey. That's the only thing to call it. 15 goals for and 7 against in the first two games of the 2017/18 season for the Toronto Maple Leafs makes for fun hockey-watching. It is the most goals the Leafs have ever scored in the first two games of the season. Exactly 100 years ago, when the franchise was known as the Arenas, they potted 20 goals in the first two games and somehow lost one of them. 
In fact, the Leafs are the first team in 27 years to score at least seven goals in each of their first two games of the season. In 1990/91 the Penguins opened the year with back-to-back 7-4 victories. In those two games the line of Kevin Stevens,  John Cullen and  Mark Recchi 9, 9 and 6 points respectively. 
The Maple Leafs of 2017 have nine different players with at least three points and only Kadri and Matthews with four. Slightly more balanced scoring that the 90/91 Pens. The previous record for the Leafs was 13 goals in the first two games of 1978/79. They won by scores of 3-2 and 10-7, led by 9 points from Darryl Sittler, 6 from Lanny McDonald and 5 from Borje Salming.
The most goals the Leafs have scored in the first THREE games of a campaign (not including the Arenas of 1917/18 who scored 27 goals) is 18 in 1981/82. In the third game of that season Toronto won 9-8 at home over Chicago (a game I attended as a kid). The third game of the 2017/18 season is at home against Chicago (who also have 15 goals in 2 games). More firewagon hockey tonight?

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