If you would have asked the typical hockey fan about the Leafs vs Pens game before the game was even played last night, most would say that it would be an uninspired hockey by a couple of beat up teams.  One might even guess that Crosby would find a way to give the Pens a win.

And that would have been bang on.

The Leafs, for the most part, were limping.  On the positive, Captain Phaneuf was back from his two-game suspension, and played quite well.  Also playing well on the blueline were both Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner.  Both have lots of upside as offensive d-men.  Matter of fact, Reilly offered up his first ever NHL goal, a quick, accurate snapshot upstairs as he broke in from his own end.

The Leafs return to Toronto tonight, where the Florida Panthers have been waiting take on the Leafs tonight.

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