Forty-eight hours removed from what proved to be a defensive slugfest that saw the Leafs finish the night with a goose-egg, Toronto gets a shot at redemption this afternoon as they look to even the series against the Blue Jackets. Unlike a regular playoff series where there is little reason to panic after going down 1-0 in a playoff series, the urgency is increasing as this series is a best of five.
So it’s understandable why some fans are feeling a bit anxious after the Leafs were shutout in a playoff game. Given that Columbus likes to play trap-style hockey and suck the life out of the opposition’s attack, the Leafs will need to find a way to generate more offensive looks in tonight’s game if they want to stand a chance.
That’s not to say the Leafs didn’t put up a fight in that game (with the exception being the final six minutes), because there were some quality looks from Toronto throughout. Unfortunately, those weren’t as frequent since the majority of their chances were from low-percentage areas.
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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation