The Maple Leafs fell short against the Boston Bruins tonight. Here are five things to take away from this contest.
Had it not been for the play of James Reimer, this game wouldn’t have been as closely contested. For the fourth time in his career, Reimer faced 50 shots in a game. However, this was the first game Reimer didn’t end up winning. Boston came out guns a blazing, and they got the coveted two points they needed. Reimer has made 89 saves on 91 shots in his last two starts. He certainly is showing he wants to finish off strong.
Morgan Rielly had another point (assist) for the Leafs and has found his scoring touch as of late. The young defenceman has given fans a reason to be optimistic about the future. He’s been getting better with every game. Rielly has points in four of his last five games (one goal, three assists).
Typically dangerous with the man-advantage, the Leafs were a perfect 3/3 on the penalty kill in enemy territory. Given how desperate Boston was for points, this is a big plus.
The Maple Leafs newest enforcer made the very most of his 12:17 of ice-time, including nearly two-and-a-half minutes spent on the penalty kill. Sill had three blocked shots, won five of nine faceoffs and delivered four hits. A solid night.
Low danger shots
While the amount of shots on goal has increased, the Leafs have done a better job of keeping a majority of chances in the low danger areas. Reimer was allowed to see shots with ease helping him play well as of late. The defence has been better, but keeping attempts down must improve.