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Leafs steal wild 6-5 OT win from Oilers

Oct 12, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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Depending upon their city, pundits will either say the Toronto Maple Leafs “found a way to win” or the Edmonton Oilers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Either way, the Leafs prevailed 6-5 in an OT win that spotlighted both teams’ strengths and weaknesses pretty succinctly.

The Oilers coughed up four different leads on Saturday, with the 5-4 burning the most. Joffrey Lupul scored his second goal of the night with about 30 seconds left in the game to send it to OT.

Dave Bolland then scored the game-winner on an incredibly rare overtime 3-on-1. (An especially negative Oilers observer might say “it’s not that surprising.”)

Jonathan Bernier gets his fourth win of this young season, but many will probably argue that he merely wasn’t as bad as Devan Dubnyk, who allowed six goals on 26 shots.

Regardless, the Leafs are either justifying a wild offseason of moves – Bolland was acquired via a trade, just like Bernier, after all – or continuing to ride good luck. Toronto probably isn’t complaining, either way.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Bolland’s having a great year so far. Great to see, he will always be remembered as a Hawk.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    A negative Leafs observer might say if they were playing any other team they would’ve been stomped. Good thing the box score doesn’t ask ‘how.’

  3. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    See you on Tuesday Edmonton.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    “but many will probably argue that he merely wasn’t as bad as Devan Dubnyk” …

    Yes .. and there was a time when ‘many’ would argue that the world is flat. The bottom line friends is that by releasing comrade Bernier in-order to pursue his own true potential, we Kings have given Toronto a rare and priceless gem !

    __________________________________________________

    Judge: would Counsel for the Truth kindly approach the bench …

    Blomfeld: yes your honor ?

    Judge: hey man, check this out … I’m gonna throw the book at these bastards !

    Blomfeld: far out man !

    Judge: Ahem … the court finds the infidels ‘guilty’ on all charges ! … guards, if you please ?

    Bernier detractors: hey, wait a minute ! … like what’s going on here ?

    Guards: shut up you idiots ! … KAPOW ! … KABOOM ! … KAZAM !

  5. packerswin96 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    If only Edmonton had a goalie!

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