It has been a rough week for the Toronto Maple Leafs as forward, Dave Bolland severed a tendon in his left ankle by a Vancouver player’s skate in a 4-0 loss against the Canucks last Saturday. Bolland underwent successful surgery the next to repair the severed tendon, but is out indefinitely.
What made things worse for the Leafs is the team had five days off before facing the New Jersey Devils.
Despite the long layoff, Toronto played extremely well against the Devils.
There was no scoring until the third period when Phil Kessel retrieved the puck on a routine dump in, skated up the ice, went around the Devil’s defense and scored.
The Devils scored on the power play shortly thereafter and tied the game 1-1.
Nothing was solved in overtime. As a result, the game went to a shoot-out.
James Van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal in the shoot-out, giving the Leafs a 2-1 victory and an 11-5 record.
Even if the Leafs lost against the Devils, I was still pleased with the team’s effort after that disastrous game against Vancouver.
Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle was also pleased with his team’s effort against New Jersey, saying the key to Toronto’s success was the power play.
“We worked hard at it,” said Carlyle.
Leaf’s goalie, Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves during the game.
Next up for Toronto was the Boston Bruins.
The last time these two teams met was Game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final where the Leafs squandered a 4-1 lead and lost 5-4 in overtime.
It was no surprise to me that Toronto lost to Boston 3-1. The Leafs played awful in the first period. “I didn’t think we had a very good start to the game,”said Carlyle in the post game press conference.
The Leafs had more spark in the second period and tied the game at 1-1.
Unfortunately, Toronto received a double minor penalty near the end of the period and Boston scored in the third on the four minute power play.
Leaf’s goalie, James Reimer made 31 saves during the game.
The Leafs are off to Minnesota where they’ll face the Wild on Wednesday night.