Goaltending the difference maker as Leafs drop their third in a row

The Leafs were looking to put an end to their first regulation losing streak of the season with a win tonight, and very well played like they didn’t want to, but unfortunately for them, some opportunistic scoring from the Winnipeg Jets and Connor Hellebuyck played like the reigning Vezina trophy winner saw them lose three straight regulation games for the first time in the Sheldon Keefe era.
The Leafs started out strong, as Zach Hyman opened the scoring with a fantastic goal, skating end to end before burying it on the backhand past Hellebuyck. Seriously, who is this guy?

ZIP! MEH! HEM! pic.twitter.com/rwUoHlIbDA
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 10, 2021

The Jets would tie it up on the power play shortly after though, as a Neal Pionk slapshot from the point would get deflected by Andrew Copp past Andersen to tie up the game just like that.

Andrew Copp ties it on the PP pic.twitter.com/Aj0G4JANOi
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 10, 2021

The Leafs would get a power play goal of their own later in the period though, as the birthday boy Morgan Rielly would take a wrist shot from the point that Auston Matthews would deflect …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs need a jersey thrower to get back on track

The Leafs are bad right now. Six losses in a row, two regulation wins in sixteen, an inability to win unless Frederik Andersen is in net, and no home games for another ten days.
Things are at the lowest point of the Mike Babcock era, and that includes a last-place finish in the NHL and a couple of heartbreaking Game 7 losses in Boston.
The Leafs appear broken, but it’s a different kind of broken. It’s not like you can blame Auston Matthews, who’s got 14 goals and 27 points in 23 games. It’s not like you can blame Kyle Dubas, who despite an overpay or two or six has still made enough changes to a roster that is underperforming their potential. And even if you want to blame Mike Babcock… it’s hard to solely pin every single one of the Leafs’ shortcomings on him. There’s something rotten here right now, but I have a solution to stop the bleeding a little. A jersey throw.
You remember it. A staple of the 2014-15 season, where the Leafs felt they should’ve been competing in the playoffs, but were stuck tinkering through another rinky-dink Randy Carlyle (and eventually, Peter …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation