Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Observations from 6-3 loss to the Devils

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 06: Morgan Rielly
NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 06: Morgan Rielly /
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Toronto Maple Leafs
NEWARK, NJ – JANUARY 06: Morgan Rielly /

The New Jersey Devils Devils pot six goals and get a 47 save performance from starter Cory Schneider on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Well, it had to happen sometime. After a statement comeback win against the Blackhawks on Monday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs Leafs played in what many considered a trap game against the New Jersey Devils.

The Buds came up short, losing 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils on home ice. It was a frustrating night for the Leafs, who fired 50 shots on the goal but couldn’t find enough goals to get them the win.

Let’s get to the observations for this game:

1) Cory Schneider

Toronto Maple Leafs
NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 23: Cory Schneider /

Yep, 50 Shots…….50 SHOTS!!! In all fairness, the Maple Leafs had a great game offensively, they just ran into Schneider tonight, who was locked in.

The last time the Leafs fired 50 shots in a game was last season. They lost, to the Avalanche. THE AVALANCHE.

After giving up two goals in the first period, Schneider calmed down and shut down the Leafs in the second frame and the majority of the third.

There wasn’t a time in the game where he looked like he was panicking. The Leafs had several man advantages including a couple of two man advantages in the game and he held his own in the crease.

Schneider finished the game with 47 saves on 50 shots, which made him a runaway candidate for the first star of the game. Certain goalies can steal you hockey games and Schneider kept the game tied after the first, which allowed the Devils to open up the lead that they did.

Even on the third-period goal scored by the Leafs, Schneider would have had to make a superhuman effort to get across and stop a cross-crease shot. All around, an elite game from the Devils starter.