Morgan Rielly is bad defensively. That’s it. That’s the secret.
You can stop reading now if you wish.
On Monday night, the Leafs played the Edmonton Oilers at home, a fixture which had become nearly as guaranteed as two points come in the NHL. It hadn’t been since December 2, 2010 since the Oilers won in Toronto, which is just 11 months shy from hitting the full decade.
But with the score 5-3 at this point in time in Edmonton’s favour, a boy who was just 13 at the time of that last win scored one of the prettiest goals of his career to date.
Connor McDavid. Absolutely ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/edUhMmFcmE
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 7, 2020
If it wasn’t already over, Connor McDavid seemed to ice the game. The Leafs would score once more to make it interesting, but the collective soul of Morgan Rielly and the entire lineup seemed cooked after that one. That, and there was just over eight minutes left in the game, with a three goal mountain to climb.
For any team, even these Leafs, that’s always a lot easier said than done.
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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation