The Leafs were across the border tonight (barely) in a contest against their Original 6 and Northeast Division rival Detroit Red Wings. On Hockey Night in Canada, the Leafs had some pressure on them to perform after a miserable 7-3 loss at home on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here are some thoughts from the game to sum things up.
Poor Starts Again
The Leafs have still not managed to stop the early bleeding in allowing the first goal against. This is a problem that has lingered since last season, and continues to bite them in the butt.
Whether it’s changing pre game routines, or starting with less of a defined game plan, or a more defined game plan, or a different shift rotation, something has to change so that Leafs don’t have to keep coming back from behind to win hockey games.
4th Line Magic
Tonight’s fourth line of Dmytro Timashov, Frederik Gauthier, and Nick Shore were a marvel in this game. They created two of the 5 goals for Toronto. Nick Shore tied the game at 1’s after the Leafs went down early to Detroit on this great net front play after a beautiful pass by …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation