James Reimer probably had his best games of the season this past weekend, making an astonishing 49 saves in a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Too bad this game didn’t translate into a victory against Columbus.
Yes folks. The Toronto Maple Leafs got hammered by the Blue Jackets 6-0. “We just couldn’t find the pace of the game at all,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle.
Carlyle is right. The Leafs looked terrible in the game. In fact, I switched the channel after Columbus scored the third goal in the second period. What bothers me the is the Blue Jackets is not that good of team. Toronto should’ have defeated Columbus 6-0, not the other way around.
The next team on Toronto’s schedule is Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the Leafs had to play without Joffery Lupul whose injured with a strained groin.
There is a word to described the game against Pittsburgh. Disappointment.
Up 2-1, the Leafs scored a quick goal early in the second period. After the goal was scored, the Penguins pulled their goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury and put Jeff Zatoff in goal. Fleury smashed his stick in disgust. You can’t blame Fleury. The Leafs were skating around the Penguin’s defense in circles.
Just 29 seconds later, the Leafs scored again to make a 4-1 game. It looked as if Toronto had control of the game, but then, the wheels fell off. Carlyle put it this way. “We stopped playing.”
The Leafs played terrible in the third period and the second half of the second. As a result, the Penguins tied the game 5-5.
Nothing was solved in overtime. The game had to go to a shoot out. The Penguins won the shoot out and walked away the 6-5 victory.
James Van Riemsdyk collected three points during the game. Leaf’s goalie, Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves.
The Leafs face the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night. I hope Toronto is up for this game.