The Toronto Maple Leafs (33-23-14) closed the gap on the Boston Bruins (38-28-6) with a 4-2 victory on Monday night and now sit one point back of Boston for third place in the Atlantic Divison.
Thoughts and Observations
From start to finish this game had a playoff feel to it. The intensity was ramped up, the physicality never wavered and both teams played with a ton of emotion, especially in the third period. It was fun to watch.
The NHL’s No. 1 power play unit propelled the Leafs to a late victory whenTyler Bozak
buried his 17th goal of the season with 1:57 left in the third period. The special teams turnaround from last season to this season has been remarkable and it’s a big reason for the Leafs’ success.
were going back and forth all game, but it was the exchange betweenLeo Komarov
and Marchand that fans will remember. In case you can’t hear what Marchand is saying, he’s telling Uncle Leo that he’ll send a stick over after the game. Although it’s Marchand, and I get the distaste Leaf fans have for him, you have to appreciate a classic hockey chirp like this one.Brendan Shanahan
‘s subtle celebration in the press box was awesome, but I don’t think it can top Lou Lamoriello’s non-celebration. Sweet Lou has seen it all during his time and — like a true veteran — he didn’t even budge on Bozak’s goal. Talk about having nerves of steel.
established a new single-season career-high for assists on Monday night:
When’s the last time you saw a team score a pair of empty goals from their own end? Now tell me the hockey Gods aren’t smiling upon the Leafs right now.
Fun fact: the Leafs not only swept the season series against the Bruins, they also held a 4-1 lead at one point in each of those four games. Can we put the whole “Toronto blew a 4-1 lead” narrative behind us now, please?
Stat of the Night
Frederik Andersen was excellent throughout this game and he looked exactly like the No. 1 goalie the Leafs envisioned when they acquired him this past offseason. Andersen’s record against the Bruins isn’t too shabby either. With this victory Andersen now boasts a flawless 8-0-0 record against the Bruins during his career to go along with a .944 save percentage.
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The Maple Leafs travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (47-18-6) at the Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night. The Leafs were demolished, 5-2, the last time they played the Blue Jackets on February 15th.
Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney was hung out to dry and his return to Columbus was horrific. With the Leafs playing the Devils on Thursday, perhaps we’ll see McElhinney in net against Columbus and Babcock will give him another chance at redemption?
Given the way Columbus has played the Leafs this season, I think we’ll see Andersen in net on Wednesday and McElhinney in net on Thursday, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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