After losing to their divisional rival Boston Bruins on Friday night, the Leafs reached a season worst four game losing streak. However, despite going through a rough patch, there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel.

A Game To Get Back On Track

The Leafs took on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night who would be without defenseman Kris Letang, winger Patric Hornqvist and captain Sidney Crosby.

Letang has reached the 50 point plateau in four out of his last five seasons. Hornqvist has reached the 20 goal plateau in five of his last six seasons and Sidney Crosby is well… Sidney Crosby.

Two Art Ross trophies, two Conn Smythe trophies, two Rocket Richard trophies, three Ted Lindsay awards, two Hart trophies, three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and 1,233 career NHL points.

Even without Mitch Marner, Alex Kerfoot and Trevor Moore, the Leafs still had the clear offensive advantage in this game.

Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made his NHL debut for the Leafs. Kaskisuo has excelled this season in the AHL going 6-1-1 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in 8 games with the Marlies.

Kaskisuo’s counterpart would be 24-year-old Tristan Jarry. Jarry has played in just 34 NHL games over a span of four seasons and he has lost three of the four games he has appeared in for the Penguins this season.

The puck drops and it’s a consistent 60 minutes of chaos for the Leafs.

Even without the dangerous offensive weapons of Letang, Crosby and Hornqvist, the Penguins were able to bury 6 pucks past Kasimir Kaskisuo on 38 shots. The Penguins outscored the Leafs in each of the three periods and absolutely humiliated them from start to finish. The final score was 6-1 which extends the Leafs’ losing streak to a season worst 5 games.

Leafs’ Bright Spot 

The lone bright spot of this game was that Jason Spezza and Nic Petan both got on the scoresheet. Spezza and Petan are filling in for the injured Leafs’ forwards. They seem determined to make a statement on why they should be every day players in the lineup.

Leafs’ defenseman Tyson Barrie also managed a secondary assist on Jason Spezza’s goal giving Barrie 2 points in his last 19 games.

This game was easily the worst of the season for the Leafs. Their special teams were awful, they had turnover after turnover, there was constant defensive breakdowns and they lacked any sort of urgency.

The impatience, frustration and tension was evident on some of the Leafs’ faces against the Penguins on Saturday night. A five game losing streak with a team of this caliber is simply inexcusable. The Leafs need to find their game in a hurry before they dig themselves into an even bigger hole.

Looking ahead, the Leafs’ schedule doesn’t get much easier as their next five games will be played on the road. The Leafs will be in Nevada on Tuesday night. They will take on the 2018 Stanley cup finalist Las Vegas Golden Knights.