It was bound to happen folks. The Toronto Maple Leafs ended their six game winning streak this past week in Dallas, losing 7-1.
All Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle had to say about his team’s performance was frustrating and disappointing.
Now on to the game against the Winnipeg Jets.
It was a better effort by the Leafs, although, it didn’t start that way at first.
The Leafs found themselves down 2-0 early in the game. Carlyle became irate and gave his team some instructions during a time out.
The team began to respond better and came back from three goal deficit to tie the game 4-4.
Unfortunately, the Leafs lost the game in overtime.
I was hoping Toronto would’ve hang on to push the game into a shoot-out. The Leafs shoot-out record is good this season.
Phil Kessel got two points during the game.
The Leafs got off to a good start against the Tampa Bay Lightning by finishing the first period with a 0-0 tie.
Nazem Kadri (who hasn’t been scoring lately) scored the first goal of the game in the second period on a routine dump in. The puck somehow went through Lightning’s goalie, Ben Bishop’s pads and into the net.
Kadri then scored a beauty minutes later to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately, the Leaf’s defense wasn’t able to hold on to the two goal lead and the Lightning tied the game up before the end of the second (period).
James Van Reimsdyk scored the winning goal in the third period and the Leafs beat the Lightning 3-2.
Even though, I was glad the Leafs won, I wondered, as I watched the game, if the result would’ve been different if a healthy Steven Stamskos was in the Lightning’s lineup. My guess is yes.
I don’t think the Leafs would’ve been able to compete with both Stamkos and Martin St. Louis on the ice.
It was amazing that the Leafs were able to contain St. Louis during the game. St. Louis is having a great year offensively.
The player that was the star in this game was goalie, Jonathan Bernier. Bernier stopped 40 shots, including a few from St. Louis.
The Leafs host the Florida Panthers tonight.