TORONTO - You win some, you lose some, or so the old saying goes. And that’s exactly what happened to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
They won the game, coming back dramatically from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-4 at the Air Canada Centre and snap an eight-game losing streak. But in the process, they lost their starting goalie J-S Giguere, who was having a strong night despite the early hole the Leafs had dug for themselves.
It’s not clear what exactly happened to Giguere, though the injury appears groin-related, or if he’ll be out for more than just a period, but the Leafs top netminder pulled himself with about seven minutes gone in the third for something he would only say was “not an illness.”
“I haven’t seen a doctor yet so I’m not going to go into how I’m feeling and stuff like that,” Giguere said after the game. “Obviously, you don’t want to pull yourself like that, but at that point I think it would have been selfish for me to stay in and not be 100%.”
During his post-game new conference, Leafs coach Ron Wilson elaborated on Giguere’s injury.
“He came over to the bench and said his groin was tight and he wasn’t comfortable,” Wilson said. “So, he wasn’t sure if he should try to finish the game with his past (this type of injury). But Jonas (Gustavsson) went in and made two or three great saves, and that was huge.”
Wilson said he thought Giguere may have hurt himself when he stretched to make a “great pad save” with Luke Schenn in the penalty box for hooking and Nashville on a power play.
After the Predators went up 4-1 early in the second period, Giguere shut the door while the Leafs stormed back with four goals of their own to take the lead and eventually win. Back-up goalkeeper Jonas came in for Giguere and did the rest of the heavy lifting.
“Jonas has been working hard so I knew he was going to be ready to step in and thankfully he did, and did a good job,” Giguere said of his understudy.