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Five Takeaways from Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs


The Maple Leafs fell to the Canadiens 4-0 in Montreal. Here are five takeaways.

Carey Price

The Canadiens netminder showed why he is Hart trophy candidate, making 30 saves for his 31st career shutout and league leading 36th win of the season. Over the course of two weeks, Price allowed just one in 125 minutes of hockey against the Maple Leafs. Despite the Leafs best efforts

Jonathan Bernier

The Leafs netminder found his game in the second and third period. Unfortunately, he struggled in the first period. The Montreal goals in the first periods were ones he would have liked to have back – medium range shots without obstruction of any kind.

Defence

The Leafs defence held up well, despite turnovers which led to Montreal goals early on. Ultimately, they weren't able to generate the offence necessary to get back into the game. Phil Kessel had a team high four blocked shots.

Offence

There simply weren't enough solid scoring opportunities for Toronto, despite the shot count. Phil Kessel has a team high four shots on goal.

Desperation

You didn't sense any from the Toronto Maple Leafs. With this being the penultimate game before Monday’s trade deadline, you didn't get the sense of anybody pushing the issue. Special teams didn't play a factor in this, despite some undisciplined penalties taken by Toronto. The Leafs get a chance to right the wrongs on Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

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