-- The Toronto Maple Leafs
are going to have to iron out their penalty kill if they plan on making a second-half charge toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Leafs held the NHL's worst penalty kill entering Saturday night's clash with the Winnipeg Jets
, and allowing two Winnipeg power goals sank the Leafs' kill rate to 72.3 percent for the season. Discipline is also an issue for Toronto. The Leafs went shorthanded six times against the Jets and their 148 power plays yielded this season place them 20th in the League.
"We're just not getting the job done right now," Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn
said, "and we need to be better if we're going to have any chance of making [the playoffs]."
Toronto coach Ron Wilson let his displeasure with defenseman Schenn on Winnipeg's opening goal be known, as well as Jake Gardiner
's role in the Jets' game-winning power-play strike.
"We kicked two pucks in our own net," Wilson said. "Defensemen are supposed to box out. One went off Luke's knee when he should have gotten out of the way, not screening the goalie or trying to block that one."