The Maple Leafs fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Here are five takeaways from this game.
Penalty kill struggle
Once a point of pride for the Maple Leafs, the team allowed yet another power play goal tonight. It was the third consecutive night where a power-play goal was conceded. It was also their 11th power-play goal given up in the last nine games. The penalty kill is 69 per cent in that span. Clearly hurting from the departure of Daniel Winnik, the Leafs need to find improvement in this category before the season ends.
He scored his second goal of the season, and first goal since December 16th. In what has been a roller-coaster season for Booth to say the very least, he has to find some momentum from his good personal showing tonight. On a one-year deal, he was the only pending unrestricted free agent on the active roster to not be moved at the deadline. There are few who have a higher motivation than him to have a good showing.
The Leafs didn’t convert on any of their three opportunities with the man-advantage. They only have one power play goal in their last four games.
The Maple Leafs fell behind just a few minutes in and weren’t able to recover. It’s been nearly one year since the Leafs last won a game where they trailed by two or more goals at any point. They did show some fight towards the end as they tried to make a game of it with an empty net. But, it wasn’t meant to be.
Despite an early hole, Jonathan Bernier kept it a game with some decent saves in the second and third periods. Bernier made 27 saves on the night.