RECAP: Leafs post 2–1 record for the week

  

Game one

Last Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks marked Rasmus Sandin’s first game of the season. In fact, this is the first time that Sandin has played in almost a full calendar year, as he did not get a chance to play in the NHL bubble in August.

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not look like the same team that beat the Canucks 7–3 and 5–1 in the week prior. Halfway through the game, shots were 27–7 in favor of the Canucks, and Frederik Andersen was the only reason the game was still tied 1–1.

Midway through the third, Auston Matthews extended his goal streak to eight games.

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Minutes later, Alexander Kerfoot extended the lead, and the team held on to win 3–1. 

Game two

On Wednesday night, the Leafs headed to Montreal to play the first of two against the Canadiens. The Leafs and Canadiens hold the top two spots in the North Division, yet the Canadiens have played one less game.

Travis Dermott was back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a minor leg injury earlier this season.

The Leafs gave up an early goal after this turnover in the neutral zone.

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Late in the second, Dermott tied the game with his first of the season.

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Ilya Mikheyev scored to give the Leafs the lead with his first tally of the season. Justin Holl added on to the lead, which was also his first marker of the season.

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Although the Canadiens got one back late, the Leafs took the game 4–2.

Game three

Prior to the game, Sandin, Adam Brooks and Nick Robertson were sent down to the AHL. Martin Marincin and Scott Sabourin were added to the taxi squad. This Leafs team has a lot of depth, and while that is a strength, it means that certain players have not been able to play as much as they need to. Robertson has been injured since his first game, while Sandin and Brooks have each made it into the lineup only once this season. They will be able to play much more with the Marlies, and continue their development in the process.

The Leafs had a strong first period, and took an early lead, as it was Mitch Marner with the goal. Although Toronto had many good quality chances in the frame, Carey Price held them to just one strike.

Tyler Toffoli tied the game early in the third for Montreal. Although the Leafs have been generally better at defending leads this season, this was just not it.

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The Leafs’ third period was a mess, with almost no offense, though Andersen made some big saves.

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Brendan Gallagher scored with four minutes left in the game, and the Montreal Canadiens handed the Leafs their first regulation loss since Jan. 20, a 3–1 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Leafs still hold first in the North Division, sitting three points above the second-place team. This week, the team faces the Ottawa Senators three times before yet another battle against Montreal.

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    Game one Last Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks marked Rasmus Sandin’s first game of the season. In fact, this is the first time that Sandin
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