One way to stay in the lineup, make your coach throw his hat on the ice. Tyler Ennis completed his hat trick in the third period and this was about the same time Mike Babcock changed his name on the lineup card from pencil to pen.
Leafs Nation was in the house as the Maple Leafs took part in a rare Monday nighter against the Flames. As the ‘Go Leafs Go’ chants flooded the Saddledome early on, the Maple Leafs followed the crowds’ lead and also started on time, much to the delight of head coach, Mike Babcock. Speaking of Babs, he looks like a genius after putting Tyler Ennis back into the lineup even though Nic Petan scored in his first game as a Maple Leaf. Here’s the first Ennis goal which was a backhanded beauty:
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After a great pass from Jake Muzzin, Tyler Ennis gets the puck past Rittich with a beautiful deke to put the #MapleLeafs up 1-0! What a goal! – #LeafsNation #SWnation #StandWitness #TorontoMapleLeafs #MapleLeafs #Leafs #NHL #TMLTalk #LeafsForever #GoLeafsGo #HockeyNight #HockeyNightInCanada #2019Season #JakeMuzzin #TylerEnnis
Ennis got the party started while Freddie Andersen made sure everyone stayed for the good time. If he gets hot to finish off the season, there’s an outside chance Freddie wins the Vezina. With another solid performance against the high-powered Flames, Anderson recorded his 32nd victory of the season. His W/L record is a thing of beauty this season and if he can mix in a couple of shutouts to lower his numbers a touch, down the stretch this could be the year. Talk about a real MVP, the Maple Leafs most important player is Frederick Andersen. Freddie is sometimes the forgotten guy because of the multiple superstars on the Leafs roster. Crazy to think, as Freddie is by far the Leafs most irreplaceable player.
With no back to backs this week, Andersen should be between the pipes for all three games. A trip he always loves as Western Canada is full of copious amounts of Leafs Nation along the way. How many other goalies receive chants of their name in another team’s barn. If you don’t like Lou Lamoriello that’s ok, just make sure to say ‘thank you’, as the deal to bring Freddie to Toronto was one of the more underrated trades in recent memory. Especially when you throw in the contract extension before trying on the uniform.
$5,000,000 for two more seasons…at least.
Zach Hyman also chipped in with a pair for the Leafs as his style of game is perfect for road games. Get the puck deep, grind out shifts, and play heavy. Hyman doesn’t get thought about as a goal scorer, but when you play with Mitch Marner good things happen. Hyman’s 16th of the year puts him well within reach for 20 this season.
— NHL (@NHL) March 5, 2019
Leafs win, Leafs win! Ennis, Hyman and Andersen all played huge roles in getting their road trip off to a good start. Now does Nic Petan get back in? Perhaps Connor Brown sits? We know one thing is for sure, Tyler Ennis won’t be eating the popcorn in Vancouver.
After recording an assist tonight, Morgan Rielly has established a new single-season career-high with 47 assists. #LeafsForever
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— Gordon (@CanberrasCanuck) March 5, 2019