After three disappointing losses last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs got two huge wins against Dallas and Ottawa. Both teams have been playing well recently. For the Leafs, these two wins show that the team is capable of competing in this league.
The Leafs defeated Dallas 3-2 in overtime. Rookie, Trevor Smith scored the winner.
“I’m happy we won because there seems to be a lot of pressure on our group,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle in the post game press conference.
Also with this win, Toronto snapped their three game losing streak.
Nazem Kadri scored two goals during the game. Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves.
Next up for Toronto was the Ottawa Senators.
This was a heated match up. Both teams piled up the penalties.
The game had to be decided with a shoot-out. The Leafs won the shoot-out 2-0 and walked away with the 4-3 victory.
“We found a way to win,” said Carlyle.
James Van Riemsdyk racked up three points during the game. James Reimer made 47 saves.
Despite the two big wins, an area in the Leaf’s game has cause for concern. Toronto is giving up over 40 shots a game. This is not good. The Leafs can’t continue to give up this amount of shots and win games. Sooner or later, the bottom is going to fall out.
The game against Boston proves that particular point.
The Bruins dominated almost the entire game. As a result, Boston defeated the Leafs 5-2.
Peter Holland got two points during the game. Bernier made 34 saves.
Thankfully, the Leafs are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 35 points.
Phil Kessel, whose been hot lately, leads the team in goals (16) and points (29). Kessel’s numbers has improved from last year for sure.
The Leafs host the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. Another tough customer for Toronto.