News and Notes: Sandin scores first NHL goal, Muzzin returns, and Leafs start second half with a bang

After limping into the All-Star break mired in their worst slump since the six-game losing skid that ultimately resulted in Mike Babcock getting sacked, the Leafs have found themselves with little room for error in the second half of the season.

The stretch of losing five of six, including multiple games by lopsided scores, was far and away the worst of the Sheldon Keefe era. As a result, the Leafs sat in 10th in the Eastern Conference at the break with an uphill battle ahead of them in their final 33 remaining games.
After the team’s ugly 6-2 loss to the underwhelming Chicago Blackhawks, Keefe questioned the group’s maturity, claiming they were leaving their goalie out to dry and that they weren’t playing complete games. Monday night’s commanding 5-2 win in a challenging environment in Nashville showed a completely different team than the one who was getting pounded by the likes of Chicago and Florida over the past couple of weeks.
The Leafs played a more sound, complete game than we’ve seen in quite some time. Offence came from up and down the lineup, the group played solid defensively, still allowing 36 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation