Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …
Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation