TLN Postgame: C7-2cago

Chicago scored 7 and the Leafs scored 2. In a stinky season, you’re going to have a few stinkers. And this one smelled baaaaaaaad. The result or even the scoreline wasn’t surprising per se, but the path was a little wonky.

The rundown

Through 40, Scott Darling was pitching a shutout with a 3-0 lead. An ugly scoreline from a Leafs perspective, but not entirely unexpected considering the lineup they were icing. After giving up goals in the first three minutes of both the first and the second period, James Reimer otherwise looked like he mostly just needed some help. The Leafs were controlling some of the play, and actually outshot Chicago 15-5 in the second. 

Before the third period was nine minutes old, the lead was doubled to 6-0. Chicago struck four times on the power play on seven chances, but added three even strength markers just for kicks. Here’s one of them, scored by Artemi Panarin:

For some reason, James Reimer stayed in for all seven goals. Oh, and Patrick Kane had four points on the day: three assists and a goal. Decent season he’s having. 

By the time Mark Arcobello scored the Leafs’ first goal, they were already down by 7. PA Parenteau added a late goal to put the Leafs within five, but, like, it was also within five.  

Stats

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Seriously, take a look at the game report from hockeystats.ca. Any way you slice it, this doesn’t stack up to be a 7-2 loss. The Leafs outshot the defending Stanley Cup Champions by five… and lost by five. Sports are silly. 

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Blue Warrior

I’ll give it to PA Parenteau. He had a goal and an assist, both the result of hard work. Upping that sweet, sweet trade value! 

To go along with his two points, he racked up a 73 CF% percentage on 5 on 5, to lead the team.

Up next

The Leafs play the Rangers Thursday night back at the Air Canada Centre at 7:30 p.m.

  • Gary Empey

    Good to see the tank a rumbling at full speed again as the truly awful Canuckleheads gave the Marlies two points on Saturday. As intelligent leaf fans said at the beginning of the year forget winning The scores are irelevent as this year is all about tanking to the point where the leafs are last in the league. Odds are the leafs should get one of the very talented top three forwards, these being the two out standing Fins and Matthews. 65% of the current roster will not be with the leafs in two or three years, so no sense in getting your knickers in a knot. That day in the third week of June when a new talented youngster puts on the leaf jersey is what 2016 is all about.

  • jimithy

    If Reilly and Kadri are the future, the future is not going to be any different than the past and present. And Gardiner might be more suitable to the world figure skating championships then to the NHL. These guys are a bust. No upside here. And what do Winnik, Froese and Boyes do actually, besides putting on their skates?