The Leafs came into Washington on the second night of a back to back and played 22 minutes of hockey — the first period and the last two minutes of the third. That isn’t going to win you many games, if any, and certainly not against Washington. For some reason, Rielly played almost 28 minutes on the evening, three (!) minutes more than the next Leaf. That’s way too much on a regular night, never mind a back-to-back. The Leafs showed what they can be in the first period, which is why their lacklustre performance in the last two periods is infuriating to many.
Here are my thoughts:
1) The Leafs Started On Time
Well HALLELUJAH! The game started at 7:07 and shockingly, so did the Leafs. It’s no secret the Leafs have an issue starting on time. In 4 of the Leafs first 7 games, they got scored on within the first minutes of the game and against the Wild, it was 5:30. three of those goals, were before the games were two and a half minutes old.
This has long been a bad habit for the Leafs, but not against the Caps. The Leafs dominated the first 10 minutes of the game and were rewarded …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation