The Maple Leafs fell to the Blue Jackets 5-0 in Columbus. Here are five takeaways from tonight’s game.
Lack of Offence
The Leafs fired 35 shots but weren’t able to cash in at all. Sergei Bobrovsky has been red hot for the Jackets as of late and he continued his dominance tonight for the 5-0 shutout.
Kessel fire put out
Phil Kessel led the team with six shots on goal and had previous successes against the Jackets, putting up five points in his prior two games against Columbus. He like everybody else for the Leafs was shut out.
Reimer pulled, winless
James Reimer’s struggles continue against the Blue Jackets. In three games starts against Columbus, Reimer was pulled in the last two games, dropping his record to 0-3 with a 5.53GAA and 0.838 save percentage. Much of this wasn’t his fault, but Reimer still looks for his very first win against this Eastern Conference opponent.
Special teams mess
The Maple Leafs surrendered a power play goal tonight, marking the fifth time in the last six games that has occurred. Toronto has also gone four consecutive games without a power play marker of their own.
Leo Komarov didn’t come out to play the rest of the game in the third period. While there was no disclosure of what happened, Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek indicated after the game that his removal from the game was precautionary.