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Maple Leafs Week in Review: Week 4

Well, at least their record is still okay.

In the last seven days, the Toronto Maple Leafs have played three games. Their record in those games is 1-2-0 to bring their total record to 7-4-0. In that time, the Maple Leafs have improved upon some aspects of their game but have found other problems.

October 19 – @ Chicago

The Leafs faced off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions last Saturday. The Blackhawks had not played up to Joel Quenneville‘s standards and had gotten off to slow starts in games. They once again got off to a slow start against the Leafs.

Unfortunately, the Leafs couldn’t take advantage of that. They fell behind and eventually lost 3-1, with the winning goal being scored by former Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka.

October 22 – vs. Anaheim

The Leafs faced a tough test against a Ducks team that had won seven straight games coming into Toronto. The Leafs trouble getting shots on net continued as they only managed two shots against Jonas Hiller in the first period, falling down 2-0 by the middle of the second period.

That’s when the Leafs decided to get back into the game. Jonathan Bernier kept the Leafs in the game long enough for the Leafs to tie it up and eventually take the lead. Phil Kessel broke out of his slump empatically by scoring a hat trick , helping the Leafs to a 4-2 win.

October 25 – @ Columbus

For the first time since Columbus moved to the Eastern Conference, the Leafs faced off against the Blue Jackets. What should have been a game where the Leafs built on the momentum of the win against the Ducks was instead a penalty-filled game where the Leafs couldn’t come back from their eight penalties.

David Clarkson made his regular season debut for the Leafs but his penalty in the first period got the ball rolling for the Blue Jackets as they scored on the ensuing power play. While the result looks worse than the game actually was, the Leafs fell 5-2


Plus: Morgan Rielly

Props have to be given to him for proving he is ready for the NHL. The Leafs announced that he would stay with the Leafs past nine games. This should be the start of a great career for the young blueliner.

Minus: Slow Starts

In the first period of all three games, the Leafs never had more than six shots. If the Leafs want to be successful they are going to need to put the rubber on the net. If they don’t, they could fall behind in the standings rather quickly.

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