The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 2-1 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. This was just the 2nd time in their last 26 games that the Leafs have failed to score more than one goal. Newly acquired Leafs’ goaltender Jack Campbell played sensational, shutting out the Habs for the first 57 minutes of the game. Unfortunately for Campbell, it wasn’t enough as he picks up his first loss as a member of the team. The Leafs did manage to salvage a point in overtime but they have been cold as of late losing 3 of their last 4 games.

Engvall’s Point Drought

Pierre Engvall has been a nice surprise addition to the Maple Leafs roster and has proven his worth as a speedy, hard working bottom 6 option. The 7th round pick in the 2014 draft had never played an NHL game coming into this season. The 23-year-old Swede was called up this past November and he made an immediate impact picking up 7 goals and 14 points in his first 27 games as a Maple Leaf.

However, for the past two weeks, Engvall has gone ice cold as he has failed to register a single point in his last 7 games. The Leafs desperately need Engvall to get back on track, especially after the departure of winger Trevor Moore and numerous rumours surrounding Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson who could also potentially be traded in favour of an upgrade on defence.

Third Period Woes

This past week has been catastrophic in terms of maintaining leads in the third period. The Leafs gave up a two goal lead in the third to the Panthers on Monday. Then gave up another a two goal lead in the third to the Ducks on Friday and most recently surrendered the game-tying goal with less than 3 minutes to go in the third against Montreal on Saturday. They took one shot the entire third period as they were hemmed in their own zone. The Leafs need to learn to play a complete 60 minutes of hockey. 

Captain Stays Hot

One of the lone bright spots for the Leafs was John Tavares extending his goal streak to four games. Tavares was able to beat goaltender Carey Price on the Leafs’ only shot in the third period on Saturday night. The 29-year-old centerman has scored 5 goals and 7 points in his last four contests. Hopefully the Captain can weather the storm and lead his team out of the slump before it’s too late.

The Leafs will have three days rest before they take on Phil Kessel and the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have mightily struggled in the past month. They have won just 2 of their last 12 games. The Leafs are hoping they can take advantage of the fragile Coyotes to get back into the win column.