The Toronto Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak ended with, as Randy Carlyle called it, “a thud” last night. The Leafs were thoroughly drubbed 7-1 by the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center and played about as bad as the score suggests.
The game showed just how vulnerable the Leafs are when their goaltending doesn’t bail them out. The Leafs were fortunate to win most of the games they did during the streak, as they were often outplayed and outshot by a wide margin.
This loss might actually turn into a positive. Often when a team loses as badly as the Leafs lost last night, it causes the coaches and players to look in the mirror and ask themselves what needs to be done to turn things around. There’s definitely no time to rest on your laurels when every game feels like a fight for your playoff life.
The Leafs will hopefully take the next couple of days to correct what needs to be corrected and come back fresh against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Jets have been playing much better under new head coach Paul Maurice, so it should be a good test for the Leafs.
Siegel and James Mirtle released another Leaf Report podcast yesterday. They cover pretty much everything you can think of regarding the Leafs, so have a listen. You can also subscribe to their podcast on iTunes.
The Leafs did a lot of good things during their win streak, but there are still plenty of not-so-good things sticking out like sore thumbs. J.P. Nikota highlights both in another informative post with plenty of screenshots for the visual learners out there (like myself).
Justin Fisher and the rest of the crew over at TLN compiled a mid-season ranking of Leafs prospects and have been releasing five at a time over the last few days. Today, they released the top five.
Brandon Kozun will make his Toronto Marlies debut against the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum tonight. As Kyle Cicerella writes, he should bring a much-needed offensive spark to the Marlies top six.