After losing four straight games, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally got the two points the team desperately needed to keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Leafs defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shoot-out.
Going into the game, Toronto was facing a good defensive team.
The Devils tend to clog up (commonly known as the trap) the neutral zone and wait for their opponent to make a mistake and give up the turnover.
Thankfully, the Leafs were able to keep the game tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.
Toronto should have won it 3-2 in regulation, but bad officiating kept the game tied.
In the second period, on the power play, the Leafs scored, but the official waved the goal off, ruling that James Van Riemsdyk committed goalie interference.
However, when you look at the replay, Van Riemsdyk wasn’t in the crease when the goal was scored.
Phil Kessel got two assists and goalie, Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves during the game.
Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle said after the game that he hopes this win makes his team play the way they’re capable of playing.
It (the win ) must of did because the Leafs won two more games.
“We raised our compete level and we have to continue that to get points (in the standings), said Carlyle.
Toronto managed to hang on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3.
Phil Kessel got three assists and Tyler Bozak got three points during the game. Bernier made 38 saves.
Now, hockey experts would’ve argued that Toronto was facing a Boston Bruin team that were tired out after a grueling road trip. However, to a Leaf fan, it doesn’t matter how the team got the win, the team got the win and two big points in the standings.
Toronto headed to Buffalo next to face the Sabres. There were several Leaf fans in the crowd and those fans were loud.
The Leafs defeated the Sabres 4-3 in a shoot out.
“We’re fortunate this year that our record in the shoot out (9-4) is a real strong positive for our hockey club,” said Carlyle in the post game press conference.
James Reimer was in goal for the Leafs and he made 27 saves.
The Leafs host Montreal this coming Saturday.