The Maple Leafs fall in Edmonton to cap up a forgettable road trip. Here are some takeaways from this performance.
After the Leafs surrendered three goals in the first 8:08 of the game, Jonathan Bernier was lifted from the goal in place of Reimer, who was solid, making 27 saves on 28 shots. The first two goals were hard to fault Bernier on (more on that a bit later). Under Randy Carlyle, goaltending decisions took past experience into account. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Reimer played as well as he did, given Reimer was 4-0-0 going into tonight with a .949 save percentage and 1.74 goals against average. It was good to see teammates giving Reimer his props as they left the ice, despite the fact that the game ended in a loss.
Special Teams struggle
As hard as it may have been to believe, the Oilers have been among the hottest teams since the All-Star break in relation to the power-play. Tonight, they potted two on the Maple Leafs. They snapped a 7-game winless skid, yet have scored 10 power-play goals in their last five. The Leafs special teams have been venturing in the wrong direction for a while now and tonight was no different.
He has yet to find his footing since being acquired by the Maple Leafs at the deadline. The veteran defenceman was in the wrong position on the ice in front of Bernier for the opening two goals (the latter one going off his stick and into the net). This isn’t the first time Brewer's been in the wrong place at the wrong time. If all goes according to plan, Brewer should be suiting up for his 1000th NHL game this Saturday night in Ottawa.
He seems to rise to the occasion when he takes on the team he grew up watching. This was his first game as a member of the Maple Leafs where he was on the losing end of a game. Phaneuf has played seven games against the Oilers since being acquired by Toronto. He has points in all but one of those games. His assist tonight gave him one goal and seven assists in that span.
It’s been a difficult week for Kadri who was suspended by the Maple Leafs for three games. In his second game back, Kadri caught Matt Fraser in the head while skating by him behind the net. Kadri also left the game early after getting a retaliatory hit by Andrew Ferrence. Here’s hoping Kadri doesn’t have to miss anymore games.