Toronto Maple Leafs and the media hoopla that surrounded the return of David Clarkson from his 10 game suspension left a lack luster taste in the mouths of fans that made the trip to Ohio last night. The Columbus Blue Jackets handled the Leafs in fairly easy fashion in what twitter and including myself would say was a poorly officiated game. Officiating aside there was not a chance the Toronto Maple Leafs team that showed up last night was leaving with a victory. Another game they got outplayed in their own end with Jonathan Bernier coming up with key saves to keep the game close.
Dropping the game last night against the Jackets leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 6-4-0 record in their last 10 games. Last night should have been a game the Leafs could steal on the road and give them some confidence as the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into the ACC tonight.
Toronto Maple Leafs out on the Shooting Range
Last night again the Leafs ended up being out shot a total of 36-24 and will need to tighten up the chances against a red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins that will have Marc Andre-Fleury guarding the net this evening in-goal. Coach Randy Carlyle needs to get the lines sorted out so that an energy line isn’t one that just throws body checks but finds defensive responsibility in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goal tending that has kept this team from being 2-8 to start the season.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs give up 40 shots to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight the game will be an embarrassment no matter who is the starting goalie. As of 8am this morning the starting goalie has not been announced.
Bernier Should get Back to Back start tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs played some poor defensive hockey in front of Bernier last night, and the goalie stepped up and made some great plays to keep the team close. Moving to James Reimer off of lasts nights performance just based on it being back to back games would be an error. Leave Bernier in-goal tonight to start, let him gain a game or two of confidence not only for himself but for the team in front of him. The time is now to start building the goalie culture of this team and it starts with letting Bernier get a majority of starts.
Toronto Maple Leafs game in Six Minutes
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