The Maple Leafs got blanked by the Washington Capitals 4-0 on Sunday night. Here are five takeaways from the game.
Alex Ovechkin scored the first of his two goals just 33 seconds into the game. With a focus on trying to get a good start, the Leafs put themselves in a virtually insurmountable hole. The Capitals are the best team in the league in terms of success when scoring the first goal.
Cost of losing
Korbinian Holzer left the game early after he was run into the end boards by Ovechkin. It was later revealed that Holzer suffered a concussion. It’s a tough injury for a player who finally appeared to have a regular role with the Maple Leafs. Here’s hoping he has a quick and speedy recovery.
Lack of offence
The Maple Leafs have gone 16 straight games without a win away from Air Canada Centre. To make matters worse, the Leafs have gone 162:07 seconds without scoring a goal while on the road. With Monday’s trade deadline looming, perhaps the tension that the Leafs are feeling will be lifted.
Special teams struggle
The Maple Leafs penalty kill had been a point of pride for the Leafs for the first half of the season, but lately the team is slipping in that category. Marcus Johansson’s goal in the third period marked the ninth power play goal allowed in the past seven games.
Richard Panik had a wide open net in the third period. His shot hit the far post and stayed out. The goal would have cut the Washington lead down to one goal. But that’s kind of how things have been for the Maple Leafs as of late. At home, things seem to have got back to normal, but the road has been a big black hole. Two more games to try and get the bounces going their way.