Patrick Roy has certainly not been everything the Thunder hoped he would be when they acquired him but last night he gave a glimpse to the home fans of what life can be like with Patrick Roy on your side.
The Thunder struggled out of the gate, as they were outshot 7-3, but just about all 7 shots were quality scoring chances but the Thunder trailed just 1-0 going into the 2nd period.
Things came together for Toronto in the 2nd period. D Alexander Karpotsev, with his 5th, opened the scoring on a onetimer off a feed from veteran Tom Fitzgerald.
Two of Toronto's young stars teamed up for what turned out to be the game winning goal when Alex Tanguay and Joe Thornton worked the 2 on 1 to perfection and resulted in Thornton banging home his 7th of the year on a saucer pass from Tanguay.
It was the PP that clicked on the next goal. With both the 1st and 2nd PP units tired the checking line was sent out and they did the job admirably scoring just 8 seconds into the PP when Rolston scored his 4th of the year on a rebound put back.
A 2 goal lead is usally enough when you've got Patrick Roy in net but for good measure the 2nd line clicked again. C Joe Thornton hit a streaking Markus Naslund who wired a slaphot 5 hole on Mike Richter, the goal was only the 5th goal of the year for Naslund.
G Patrick Roy shut the door the rest of the way to improve his record to 3-2 with the Thunder.
Head Coach Ted Nolan- "This is the type of game we need to play if we're going to make a run towards the playoffs. Patrick played well, possibly his best game here, and its nice to see Naslund chip in. We've got to get Markus going to be successful. JR was held pointless again, but he played well...sooner or later pucks are going to start bouncing his way!"
Both of the young twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, were healthy scratches in this game, throwing fuel on the fire of trade rumors surrounding the two phenomenal young players. Rumors have suggested names like Mats Sundin, Zigmund Palffy and Owen Nolan, among others, as guys coming to Toronto in a potential deal.
The Thunder play host to the Edmonton Freeze on Friday night, the team is hoping for a better turnout than the 13,851 thats showed up for the Patriot game.
Posted on Jan 18, 2001, 6:59 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52