The Winnipeg Jets feasted on a Maple Leafs team that was just plain tired. The last of a seven-game road trip proved to be an uphill climb with Toronto getting outshot 40-21. Winnipeg had the edge in shot attempts at 70-36.
Losing the lead
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring early in the second period, but weren’t able to hold on. After a perfect record of 14-0-0 when scoring first, the Leafs have had trouble in that department of late.
The Leafs struggled at even strength, particularly against Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien who was a plus-4 with a goal and an assist. The Jets have been solid this year at generating pressure and Byfuglien has anchored the defence well, especially with injuries to the Jets' defence
Michael Hutchinson was solid in goal for the Jets, making 20 saves and improving upon his league-leading goals-against average and save-percentage. While you couldn't fault Reimer for the loss tonight, he would have required an all-star worthy performance to steal two points for Toronto
Spread out minutes
While the Leafs top line was maxed out at around 20 minutes, the fourth line has still been limited. On this night, the fourth line topped out at just over seven minutes. With the Leafs decimated with injuries to key forwards, the tendency is to lean on other players. A balanced attack going forward will be necessary for any success as the Leafs return home.