The Maple Leafs playing the LA Kings on Tuesday nigh–zzzzzzzzzzz!
This was one of the most boring Leafs games in a long while. Through the first 50 minutes, both teams COMBINED for 35 shots. People complain that it’s quiet in Scotiabank Arena, but the game was so boring, you could’ve taken a nap and not missed anything. Mike Babcock thought it was beautiful — most coaches loathe the high scoring games. He is in the 0.1% of people who would use that descriptor because it was the hockey equivalent of watching paint dry.
Here are my five thoughts from the snooooooooozefest.
1) Dermott Finding His Game
Right from puck drop, Dermott was ready to play. He’s definitely not a saviour, but as he finds his game, he’s making a noted impact for the Leafs. It’s no secret that the Leafs’ backend needs some help and consistency. Against LA, Dermott’s skills were on display, and it was quite refreshing.
On a few occasions, Dermott was a one-man breakout, escaping corners and making forecheckers miss. His edgework was exemplary and seeing controlled zone exits instead of dump outs and turnovers was a nice change.
Dermott didn’t even stop there. …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation