Leafs Blown Away By Boston Bruins, Downed 7-0

November 6th, 2011 1 Comment

Heading into Saturday nights tilt against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins expectations were high that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be able to extract a measure of revenge on the Bruins, a team that had dealt the Leafs their worst loss of the season, 6-2 on October 20th.

For Toronto, a victory against the Bruins—who entered the contest in the Eastern Conference basement—could have served as a statement game. After a thorough 7-0 loss at the hands of the Bruins on Saturday night, it wasn’t exactly the statement the Maple Leafs were looking for.

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin torched the Buds for three goals, his first hat trick of his career, playing a dominating game at both ends and standing up to Toronto’s futile physical attack on the 19-year old sniper.

Given the fact that Jonas Gustavsson got shelled in his start against the Bruins one couldn’t fault Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson for putting rookie goaltender Ben Scriven’s in net. Scrivens was magic against the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier in the week, earning a 4-1 victory and looking very solid.

Sadly, it was not a repeat performance for Scrivens, as he was torched for five goals on 14 shots in 35:12 of play.  Scrivens struggled positionally and gave up a few soft goals on the night, including a bad one through the five-hole.

Scrivens’ replacement, Jonas Gustavsson, didn’t fare much better as he gave up two goals on six shots. To be fair, the Maple Leafs’ heads were not in the game in the third period, as witnessed by the Bruins two goals in 28 seconds on Gustavsson.

For Toronto, Saturday night’s game needs to be looked at as a learning experience for a team that, as good as they have been early on in the 2011-12 season, is still finding itself.

Clearly, starting goaltender James Reimer has been missed, but when a team gets dominated in the fashion that the Maple Leafs did, goaltending is not the only issue.

Toronto’s top line of Phil Kessel, Tim Connolly and Joffrey Lupul, which had been the NHL’s hottest line to start the season, was completely flat against the Bruins, as were Toronto’s second, third and fourth units—none of which mounted much of an attack on Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas, who made 25 saves for the shutout.

Colby Armstrong’s rugged game was also missed against the physical Bruins. With no date set for his return an addition of some more muscle may be needed if the Buds are going to compete against the NHL’s bigger teams.

Despite the loss the Maple Leafs still occupy second place in the Eastern Conference. That said, if the Buds are planning on staying there they will have to be much more competitive at both ends of the ice.

Until next time,


1 Comment

  1. Stephen Brotherston says:

    That’s 2 games in a row the Leafs have stunk out the rink. But since Scrivens stole the first one, they haven’t really paid much of a price for their poor play of late.

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