On the second game of a back to back, it seemed like the Leafs gave up an odd-man rush or breakaway every 5 minutes. The much-discussed defence struggled tonight — particularly Barrie, who gift-wrapped multiple goals on the evening. I think Andersen stops the first two goals, but anytime you’re asking your goalie to stop 4 or 5 breakaways in a game, you’re asking a lot.
Tonight, the Leafs hung Hutchinson out to dry and I’m not sure playing Andersen would’ve had a different result, because the team in front of the goalie wasn’t good enough.
1) The Rivalry is Back
For years, either the Maple Leafs were bad or the Habs were bad. Neither team was good at the same time, meaning the games didn’t carry as much meaning. The Leafs are loaded with firepower and Montreal has Carey Price along with some really talented pieces upfront in Drouin, Kotkaniemi, Suzuki and Domi.
With both teams in the ‘entertaining’ category again, the rivalry is heating back up. The games are highly contested, and the added extra curricular activity of Domi, Muzzin, Kapanen and Weber make the games feel like a more hatred is involved. Gone are the days …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation