Montreal hands Toronto first regulation loss in 10 games with 2-1 victory over the Leafs

In a slow game, where the most flavour came during a second intermission segment spent discussing beef patties, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1, suffering their first regulation loss in ten games.
It was another story of struggling in low-opportunity games for Toronto who showed weakness against that style of play during last season’s play-in round when they lost three of five games to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both Toronto and Montreal seemed to take turns getting clogged up in the neutral zone and firing low-danger chances towards the other team’s goalkeeper. Making matters worse was the lack of powerplay time for either team with the referees calling only a single penalty for either franchise. With Toronto’s man-advantage unit being as lethal as it is, the referees putting their whistles away marked a noticeable dent into the Leafs gameplan.
The Leafs’ only goal came during the first period where Marner found the back of the net in close after a wonderful play from Auston Matthews behind the net to set up the goal.

Mitch Marner scores the first goal of his career against the Habs, 1-0!
— Justin Holl’s …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation