The Toronto Maple Leafs sweep the season series against the Buffalo Sabres as they continue to work towards getting back on track.
Ironically Carter Hutton made many miraculous saves but all three goals he allowed weren’t exactly pretty in any regard but considering how things have been going for the Leafs, they’ll take it.
Toronto outshot Buffalo 46-24 and dictated the play and didn’t let frustrations sink in when the Sabres took a 1-0 lead. Considering how Pekka Rinne kept them off the scoresheet the night before, the Leafs couldn’t afford to just pack it in and like they’ve shown throughout the season, they stuck with the gameplan.
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While people might not be surprised by what they saw from the Leafs, they needed this type of performance to get back on track. Considering how low things got after their loss to the Ottawa Senators, Toronto needed to address the mentality they were playing with.
Against Nashville, they didn’t sit back even though they couldn’t get one by Rinne and that gave them the confidence to believe they could get the result they were looking for against Buffalo.
Say what you want about Garret Sparks‘s inconsistent play but he stepped up and got the win after calling out the team on Saturday. Mitch even summed up the team’s issues perfectly after the game and what allowed the Leafs to pull through.
"“I just think it brings us back to our confidence we need and brings us back to the team we know we can be,” said Marner to reporters. “I think last week our confidence was a little low. We were giving up too many rushes, we were giving up too many chances. We kind of talked as a team — we sat down — and we realized if we’re all working how hard we can make it on teams.”"
Now, this win will mean a lot more if the Leafs can build on it, put together a couple of wins where they show consistency in their play. The past two games should be seen as the blueprint and the win over the Sabres should as the final product.
They still sit four points behind the Boston Bruins who won’t give up second place in the Atlantic Division easily. Maybe this will give them something to play for even though they could have made it easier on themselves had they not gone through that ugly stretch.
Now you have to hope they have learned from it and it helps them over the long run.
What did you think of the Leafs play the past couple of games? Is it enough for them to get over their rough stretch? Let us know in the comments below.