The Leafs had a prime opportunity to snatch two points away from a team on the back half of a gruelling road trip. San Jose just played the night before, had to travel, and the start time for this game was an hour earlier. Should be an easy win, right?
The Michael Hutchinson of old has entered the chat.
After a quiet first period with not much action to discuss, the floodgates opened in the second as both teams traded three goals within a 1:13 span, but found themselves down by one at the end of it. Then Ondrej Kase found a burst of speed to get his team back in the game while taking out the referee in the process (LOL) but Erik Karlsson crushed those hopes before they could manifest any deeper by scoring after a turnover by Auston Matthews and a seeing-eye shot from the point.
Any aspirations of a revitalized team changing course in the third were quickly dashed when Sharks rookie Jonathan Dahlen fired home a shot from the slot and gave his team a commanding two-goal advantage. John Tavares scored off his arm to give the Scotiabank Arena faithful a false sense of security that …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation