Let’s hope that losing 6-2 a few weeks ago, and 7-0 tonight to the Boston Bruins prompts some kind of change in strategy from Wilson and his players going forward. Like, playing hockey, as opposed to not.
To be honest, the Leafs didn’t play an awful first period. Yes, the penalty kill looked weak as Tyler Seguin scored his first of three (sigh), but the Leafs had a couple good chances, and wound up out-shooting the B’s 7-5. A 1-0 deficit going into the second period obviously wasn’t good, but after the Leafs’ 6-2 loss the last time these two teams met, it was a lot more palatable.
The fact that the Leafs were able to stay off the PK for the rest of the game is about the best thing that could be said, tonight.
The second period is where the wheels fell off. Mind-blowing defensive lapses accounted for the most of the goals, although Ben Scrivens looked increasingly porous, until he was finally pulled for Jonas Gustavsson. The last two against Scrivens were particularly awful. When your team plays two goalies in a game, and they post a .643 and .667 respectively, your team is in trouble – not that we’re blaming the goalies for that.
Every defender got caught at least once, though Franson and Komisarek were particularly atrocious. Let’s hope Schenn has found his game.
Glenn Healy was in rare form this evening. At one point, he complained that a lack of passing was preventing the Leafs’ top guns from having any kind of success this season. Apparently, he hasn’t seen who two of the three scoring leaders are. On another occasion, he pointed out that the Leafs ‘didn’t look like a team that wanted to win’ when they came out of the gate. My narrative detector was going nuts. Had to take the batteries out.
The Leafs currently have a negative goal differential despite being in first place overall in the league. This doesn’t bode well.
On the other hand, as I write this, the Leafs are still in first place, overall. Things could be worse.