It definitely wasn’t the Hollywood ending that the Toronto Maple Leafs may need hoped for. Nevertheless, it was most likely higher than what was prone to occur given the schedule, the journey concerned, and all the opposite contextual points that occurred to make it troublesome for the Maple Leafs to have gained the sport towards the Calgary Flames final evening. It was a schedule that merely created a tricky state of affairs for the staff.
In truth, trying logically at the results of the sport, pulling a single level from a troublesome contest was most likely higher than the staff may need hoped for. I do know Maple Leafs followers anticipate their staff to win each single sport that’s performed, but it surely’s not that straightforward. I’m pleased with the outcome.
On this put up, I’ll spend a while commenting about what gamers contributed to the end result and the place they’re on the season. Some good issues occurred; nevertheless, in the long run, the Maple Leafs misplaced for the second straight evening. On Tuesday evening, the Maple Leafs misplaced 3-2 in additional time to a well-rested Calgary Flames staff that was most likely sleeping when their hosts landed very late the evening earlier than from Montreal.
Monday’s sport snapped the staff’s current 9-0-1 successful streak, however the Maple Leafs did choose up a single level to push their result in seven factors on the second place Winnipeg Jets, who they play on Thursday evening. The Maple Leafs additionally ended their common season towards the Flames successful the sequence with a report of 6-2-1.
Merchandise One: David Rittich Tries to Cease His Outdated Associates From Profitable, However Fails
As former Flames goalie David Rittich said about enjoying his outdated teammates, ”It was robust. I’ve bought some (life-long) associates there.”
In his first sport along with his new staff, Rittich gave up three targets on 28 photographs within the 3-2 additional time loss to the one different staff he’s performed for. Solely two days in the past, Rittich was hanging out along with his Flames’ teammates; and, then, attempting to cease them final evening? Typically, skilled sports activities appears odd.
For his half, Rittich began slowly however performed nicely. He had little to no likelihood to cease Johnny Gaudreau’s nice transfer in additional time. In the long run, it wasn’t the beginning both the staff or Rittich had hoped for. On the season, Rittich report moved to 4-7-2 with a goals-against-average of two.90 and a save proportion of .903.
Except issues go very improper, he’ll develop into Jack Campbell‘s backup till former starter Frederik Andersen is again within the line-up. The Maple Leafs picked up Rittich from the Flames for a third-round draft choose within the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Merchandise Two: John Tavares Continues His Scoring Methods
Maple Leafs’ captain John Tavares drew assists on each targets – one by Zach Hyman and the opposite by Alex Kerfoot. Tavares is now on a three-game point-scoring streak and has scored 13 targets and 23 assists (for 36 factors) in 43 video games on the season.
The Leafs captain is on a three-game point-scoring streak and has picked up eight factors in his final six outings. The 30-year-old has 13 targets and 23 assists in 43 video games this season.
Merchandise Three: Zach Hyman Now Has a Six-Recreation Level-Scoring Streak
Zach Hyman is having a superb season. In final evening’s sport he shot as soon as and made it depend to attain but once more. Hyman bought the Maple Leafs’ first aim of the sport midway by the primary interval, placing up a free puck previous goalie Jacob Markstrom who clearly thought the puck would bounce in another way. He additionally added an help on Kerfoot’s game-tying aim within the third-period of the 3-2 additional time loss.
Hyman’s been on the scoresheet in eight of his previous 9 video games. The 28-year-old now takes a season-best six-game level streak (he’s totalled three targets and 6 assists in these six video games) into Thursday’s Jets’ sport towards Winnipeg.
What’s Subsequent for the Maple Leafs?
Sadly, the Maple Leafs’ energy play wants some assist. Sadly, the Maple Leafs had an excellent likelihood to take over the sport however couldn’t rating on a four-minute energy play in the course of the third interval when the rating was tied 2-2. If the staff might solely determine this one facet of the sport out it will win extra typically.
Do they miss William Nylander? What occurred to their front-of-the-net presence that labored so nicely for the staff in the course of the first a part of their season when their energy play was crackling?
One factor I’m in search of is Joe Thornton’s subsequent aim. He’s been on a little bit of a drought currently, and when he scores he’ll be the oldest Maple Leafs’ participant in franchise historical past to have scored a aim.
The Outdated Prof (Jim Parsons, Sr.) taught for greater than 40 years within the School of Schooling on the College of Alberta. He’s a Canadian boy, who has two levels from the College of Kentucky and a doctorate from the College of Texas. He’s now retired on Vancouver Island, the place he lives along with his household. His hobbies embody enjoying along with his hockey playing cards and easily being a sports activities fan – hockey, the Toronto Raptors, and CFL soccer (thinks Ricky Ray personifies how an expert athlete ought to act). He appears ahead to sharing his insights in regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs and about how sports activities engages life extra absolutely. His Twitter tackle is https://twitter.com/TheOldProf