The Maple Leafs were on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline Tuesday night. The Flyers scored five goals in the third period, stunning the Leafs. Keefe suffers his biggest defeat as coach of the Maple Leafs.

Failure To Finish

For the first time under Keefe the Leafs struggled to get pucks in the net. During his short tenure as coach, the Leafs have been very strong on offence. Tonight however they only had 28 shots in total, with a season low five in the third. Flyers’ goalie Carter Hart had himself a fantastic game. During the first period, Hart was able to stop the onslaught by the Leafs. Hart stopped all 15 shots including turning away six during a strong Leafs power-play.

Other than their power-play in the first period, the Leafs were not able to put many great chances together. Turnovers were a big problem tonight, as the Flyers were very successful in clogging up the neutral zone. This made it hard for the Leafs to build up any momentum and when they were able to create some sort of attack, Hart was on top of his game shutting down almost everything.

Keeping It Close

Even though the Leafs lost 6-1, this game was much closer than what the score indicated. Fredrick Andersen had himself a night. Prior to the Konecny’s goal in the third which made it 3-1 for the Flyers, Andersen was keeping the Leafs alive. With all the Leafs’ turnovers, the Flyers had some great looks on the attack but Andersen’s positioning was on point. The Flyers would score an empty net goal, which opened the flood gates near the end of the game. Andersen looked burned out at that point and the Flyers put two past him in the final minute. Even with the poor effort by Toronto, Andersen kept them in this game.

 

On To The Next One 

The Leafs will have to put this game behind them fast, as this was the first game of a back to back for them. On Wednesday night they will be welcoming back former Leaf Nazem Kadri, as the Colorado Avalanche pay a visit. Kadri played 561 games for the Leafs and was always a topic of conversation during his time in Toronto. The Leafs did get the better of Kadri and the Avalanche earlier this season and will look to double down on them.

After this tough loss the Leafs could possibly be getting a boost for the game. There is a strong possibility that Mitch Marner will be returning to the lineup. If Marner does return, this will be the first time Keefe has a healthy squad at his disposal.