Leafs 4 - Refs 4
The Leafs have somehow managed to tie it up 4-4 late in the first vs. the Referee-assisted NY Islanders.
This has to be the worst-refed game I can remember. After the Leafs took a 2-1 lead, the Refs basically handed the Islanders a 3-goal handicap after calling 3 straight 5-on-3s on the Leafs, who, at one point, had 3 defenceman in the penalty box. The Islanders were 3-for-6 on the powerplay, with 2 5-on-3 goals, and had a 7-2 advantage in penalties called.
The Leafs appear to have plenty of jump in tonight's game, and should be fired up to put this one away. They have all the motivation they need to win this game on the scoresheet after having to deal with the huge handicap dealt by the refs & all the momentum in the world after scoring twice to tie it back up.
The best news for the Leafs is on the scoreboard, as Czerkawski is starting to warm up, and has scored in two straight games; Allison has two assists; Ponikerovsky has tied his career high with 9 goals on the season (in only 32 games); and Jeff O'Neill's late goal is his first point in 8 games.
LET'S GO LEAFS!!!