It’s official, hockey is back, and the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off meaningful play on Sunday night with an unfortunate 2-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in game one of their Stanley Cup qualifier series. It was a hard-fought game and it has certainly set a tone for the rest of this series, as both teams are hungry to clinch their spot in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The first period started off fast-paced, but the shell of the pre-quarantine Leafs was still apparent, as the Blue Jackets spent a lot of time in the Leafs’ end.
Leafs fans got their first bit of excitement when Nick Robertson received a quality scoring chance out front during his very first shift. Unfortunately he couldn’t bury it, but he was certainly flying out there for the rest of the period. It’s definitely time to hop on the Nick Robertson hype train.
Nick Robertson gets a shot on goal on his first NHL shift pic.twitter.com/O63lW8Htyc
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Midway through the first, a fumbled pass from William Nylander to Justin Holl left Blue Jackets …
Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation