Well, a season split isn’t too bad.
A lot has been said about how the Western Conference is so much better than the Eastern Conference. While that is definitely true, the Toronto Maple Leafs have held their own against the opposing conference.
The Leafs may have lost tonight, but at least they have a spit in the season series with the Nashville Predators.
Here’s the story of the game.
The Predators had the Leafs stuck in their own end for most of the first half of the period. That all came to an end, however, when Peter Holland scored his first goal as a Leaf.
After that goal, the Leafs held on to the momentum for the rest of the period and nearly added to their lead. The Preds tried to battle back but Jonathan Bernier held the fort.
This is where the Preds really took over. Or should I say Matt Cullen took over. Nashville scored three unanswered goals in the third period. Cullen had one of them and assisted on the others, scored by Seth Jones and Craig Smith.
The normally strong Leafs penalty-kill fell apart in the second period as both Jones and Smith’s goals were on the power play.
Another period, another goal from Smith and another assist from Cullen. Coming in just under five minutes into the third period, this goal all but put the game out of reach for the Leafs.
Nazem Kadri put the Leafs within two goals again but they couldn’t muster any more offense in the game. The Predators at least made the end of the game fun after the Leafs pulled Bernier.
They had multiple, and I mean multiple, shots at the empty net and couldn’t put one in. Whether it was getting stripped of the puck at the last moment, hitting the side of the net or shooting it wide by an inch, they were unsuccessful at every turn.
The Leafs may have lost, but it was nice to see Holland get his first goal in blue and white and Morgan Rielly add two assists. The Leafs’ next game is Saturday against Washington, so they’ll need to get their defense back on track.
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