Not much to say about this one. Bad pretty much from start to finish. Ben Scrivens got hung out to dry, a lot of people were saying, but the fact is, the Leafs outshot the Bruins 25-20, and the Leafs’ keepers only came up with 13 saves on the night. Not saying they got a very motivated effort in front of them, but I still find it hard to believe all the people that appear so ready to move on from James Reimer because of a couple good games from Jonas Gustavsson and one good game against the league’s worst team from Scrivens. Phil Kessel continued to struggle against his old team, while the player everyone will be comparing him to for the rest of the foreseeable future had a hat trick.
It is funny to watch, though, as Leaf fans react entirely differently to losses than wins. That may sound like I’m stating the obvious, but bear with me. This team wins 9 of its first 13 games, and we’re all supposed to keep our expectations tempered. “Don’t plan the parade everybody.” One loss to the defending Cup champs (yes, I know they got their asses handed to them in Boston, but with all the winning they’ve been doing lately it seems everyone had forgotten that one too), and everyone is up in arms. Gets a little bit sickening, if you ask me. I’m not saying to pass it off as nothing – this was a terrible effort from the Leafs, but a little level-headedness goes a long way in my books.
Now, in case you weren’t in a bad enough mood, here’s Tyler Seguin’s hat trick: