This is gonna be a quick one. The Leafs lost to the Habs on Hockey Night in Canada in overtime 4-3. Toronto got off to a shaky start having 0 shots until around 15:00 minutes into the first. The Leafs went down 2-0 in the first, until JVR cut the lead in half to make it 2-1 after the first. JVR and Kessel took over the game in the second, both scoring breakaway goals to make it 3-2 midway through the 2nd. Later, PK Subban scored on the PP to make it 3-3 going into the 3rd. After a scoreless third period, Max Pacioretty scored on an overtime power play to win the game.
Things I Noticed…
Once again, Jonathan Bernier did not look sharp in net. If James Reimer doesn’t get the start against Columbus on Monday, there is something going on behind closed doors that the public in unaware of involving Reimer. Bernier wasn’t controlling his rebounds, and never looked like he was in the game from the start.
After the first line, there hasn’t been much offense from the Leafs, especially from David Clarkson. He has been a real disappointment so far this season. I was giving him the benefit of the doubt when he was playing with McClement and Kulemin, but over the last while, while playing with Kadri and Lupul, he has done next to nothing. If Clarkson continues to play the way he has until, they will have to figure out some type of line combination with Clarkson and Bolland.
Next up is the Blue Jackets at home on Monday. The Leafs have won 7 straight at home, and look to get 2 more points against Columbus.
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