Leafs Beat Lightning, Masks Fool Bowen Again
Leafs/Lightning tonight: I missed the first period because of a hellish day at work. I tweeted to my peeps that at the end of the workday, I basically felt as though I’d been paroled from the circus. Reading through the Twitter messages on the game, though, it seemed to me that the Leafs likely played reasonably well in the first and were somewhat unfortunate to be down 1-0.
Saw the second and third periods, and the overtime too. Some thoughts:
All in all, it was another performance that, regardless of its defensive warts, proved that the Leafs might be accused of having questionable talent, but can’t be accused of exhibiting minimal effort.
As for the broadcast crew, I noticed that for the second time in as many games Joe Bowen was unable to correctly distinguish between a Leaf defenceman and a Leaf goaltender. This time, he has Francois Beauchemin making a save on Vincent Lecavalier OT quasi-breakaway. I took a lot of crap from Joe Bowen fans as a result of yesterday’s post; again I say that I’m a Joe Bow fan myself, but I think we’re entitled to expect him to be able to articulate the name of the Maple Leaf netminder with some degree of regularity and reliability at this point in the season. Watch the YouTube clip below. The first segment shows Giguere chasing the loose puck after Stalberg’s turnover; Bowen gets this bit right. In the second segment, though, rather than Jiggy he has other French guy Francois Beauchemin making the save on Lecavalier. Again, I’m not saying this means Joe Bowen is a bad broadcaster who doesn’t deserve to be on TV. I am saying that he’s gotta bring his game up a little bit, though.
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