The Toronto Maple Leafs get smoked 6-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets in what was a horrific game for the blue and white. The Leafs fell behind early in the first, allowing two quick goals to get past James Reimer just 20 seconds apart. Things only got worse for Toronto in the second period, as they gave up two more goals to put the Jackets up 4-0.
The trend continued into the third, with Columbus scoring two more goals. With the Leafs down 6-0, the decision was finally made to put Jonathan Bernier in the net for the remainder of the game. Toronto wouldn’t be able to put anything past Sergei Bobrovsky and the Jackets took the game 6-0.
Where to start…
Well, this game was a perfect example of what happens when a Toronto goaltender doesn’t put the team on their back. Up to this point, both Bernier and Reimer had single-handedly won numerous games for Leafs and bailed out the sloppy play from the players.
Sloppy play from both the defense and forwards would be an understatement in this game, and Reimer wasn’t able to save them this time around. Hopefully a humiliating loss like this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise, and allow the team to realize that they can’t rely on stellar goaltending every single game, as well as their desperate need to tighten up defensively.
As if this game couldn’t get any worse, Joffrey Lupul limped off the ice during the second period and did not return for the remainder of the game. Just as the Leafs’ injury struggles seemed to be getting better with the return of Tyler Bozak, another potentially devastating injury comes along, this time with Lupul as the victim.
With the scoring difficulty that Toronto is experiencing at the moment, an injury to one of their top offensive threats comes at a very inopportune time. With any luck the injury will not be severe and Lupul will be able to make a speedy recovery.
With the Leafs taking on the Penguins on Wednesday, let’s hope that they’ll be able to rebound from this ugly loss and get back on track with a two-point effort.