Wow, Mats Sundin

You guys remember when you would be kids playing in the street.

“Ok it’s over-time, game 7 of the Stanley Cup and I’m about to score the winning goal in over time!”

Well Mats Sundin had one of those nights. He scored a hat trick, in OT, shorthanded, oh, and it was only the 500th goal of his career.

Us Leaf fans haven’t had very much to cheer about in a while but what Mats did is something I’ll never forget. In my 20 years as a born and breed Leafs fan that may have been the greatest Leafs moment I’ve yet to experience.

Say what you want about Mats not winning any cups, but what he did tonight was out of hockey storybook and I can’t think of another player that deserves it more then Mats.

So thank you Mat’s for giving me a story to tell me kids 20 years from now


8 Responses to Wow, Mats Sundin

  1. 92-93 says:

    wow, indeed. that first line had a monster night as a whole. the good news is that 2nd and 3rd line guys like Poni, Steen, Stajan, and even O’Neill are coming around now too. the bad news is that the last two nights the Leafs’ goaltending has looked shaky. good start overall leafs, could be 5-1 really.

  2. 92-93 says:

    nothing to do with mats, but you know what is really surprising so far in 6 games? the number of goals from the blueline this year: Zero. McCabe and Kaberle have accounted for 4 assists combined. White and Gill have an assist and that is it. So far the early projections of the leafs having no scoring from the forward lines and having a bunch of offensive blueliners is not happening. but of course its early. its a matter of time before McCabe and Kaberle start putting them in and getting some points.

    all of the forwards are really contributing right now, including Kilger, who has not only adapted to the new NHL rules very well last year, but is adapting and fitting Maurice’s system this year.

  3. Hoondog2 says:

    congrats to Mats, he deserves a lot of respect and I admire the way he can put up with a lot of crap from fringe fans who constantly bash him for being born in Sweden…..

  4. Aetherial says:

    Hal Gill really looked awful on a few plays again last night, as did Bryan MCabe.

    I would be so much more excited about the Leafs if I didn’t think they were screwed from their stupid signings this off-season.

    Grats to Mats he deserves it.

  5. 92-93 says:

    you cant say anything bad about Hal Gill on this site! its not allowed!

  6. mojo19 says:

    good article. Loved the goal. that was probably my 3rd favourite Mats Sundin goal, next to the hesitated slapper past lalime in game 1 OT, and the tying goal with 20 seconds left in game 6 vs Carolina that gave us all hope for another period, before Marty Gelinas ended it.

  7. DJTOKid says:

    The greatest clutch player to ever play in the nhl. Mats Sundin is a hero of a captain, and he will win a cup. Maybe not with Toronto but he will win a cup, you can see it in his script.

  8. TML51 says:

    I’ve always been a Mats fan, and his 500th was great to watch.

    It’s great to see him not only get credit he deserves, but silence the critics once again. He is possibly one of the classiest captains in franchise history, and his number will hang beside all the other greats in the rafters.

    Enough Mats gushing. The Leafs are playing exciting hockey and I will be the first to say I’m suprised. BUT…we’re only 6 games into the season.

    Defense:

    McCabe is really scaring me. He’s making horrible plays and he panics when he’s pressured with the puck. Kaberle is steady, Gill…well, the jury’s still out…saw some brilliant stuff, saw really stupid stuff. Kubina is looking more and more like a good pick up (well, pre injury, anyway. Not much you can do when Bert lands on your knee!) The kids are solid as well…we’ll probably get a better idea as the season progresses as to wether or not they are truly NHL caliber.

    Offense:
    Wow! This is where I was truly amazed. In the begining of the season, I wasn’t to sure that they had what it took. While they aren’t lighting up the score board so much, they are generating HUGE chances and are relentless with the forecheck. I hope they keep up with this as this seems to suit the younger guys on the team. Speaking of whom…has anyone seen Alex Steen? Calling Mr Steen…Kyle Wellwood on the other hand seems to be thriving with Tucker and Mats.

    So far…it isn’t all doom and gloom as many of us were prediciting in the summer. They may actually do OK!

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