The Maple Leafs earned a much needed two points on Tuesday night, winning 3-2 over the Coyotes. Kapanen ended his month long drought without a goal by scoring the overtime winner. With the win, the Leafs remain in a playoff spot.

The Tavares Effect

No matter who Keefe pairs Tavares with, it seems to always have a good result. From Marner last season to the great success that Nylander has had this year, Tavares brings out the best in his line mates. Last night was a good example of that, as Kerfoot had an outstanding performance recording two assist. Hyman was the games’ second star scoring twice. The second goal was set-up beautifully by Tavares.

Tavares made a great pass down on one knee to set-up Hyman. Tavares now has points in his last five games. On paper, it has been an off year for the captain but now down the stretch, he seems to be finding his groove.

Too Many Giveaways 

The narrative continued on Tuesday night as the Coyotes scored both of their goals off mistakes in defensive zone. Heading into the third period the Leafs had 16 giveaways. The Coyotes were on the second night of a back-to-back and had no business controlling the game the way they did. The Leafs scrapped out a win this time but they won’t be this lucky all the time.

It is now or never for Dubas to make a trade. On paper this team is a contender but in reality with this D-core, they will be lucky to make the playoffs. A trade needs to be made to add some depth. There is no time to wait. The Leafs need results now.

Back-up Swagger

Jack Campbell finished as the games’ first star as he continued his great form, making 35 saves in the win. Campbell has now helped the Leafs grab 5 out of possible 6 points from his three starts. Compare that to the 9 Hutchinson had leading up to last week’s trade and it is easy to say the Leafs got what they needed. Despite letting in four goals in his debut, Campbell has been amazing. In both Montreal and last night, he gives the Leafs a chance to win. Making big saves when needed, Campbell may have saved this season.

What I think the biggest difference between Campbell and Hutchinson is that Campbell realizes how good this team can be. Coming from the Kings, Campbell knows first hand what a bad team looks like. Hutchinson on the other hand just couldn’t handle the pressure. Campbell has come into a very intense win now situation and has done a remarkable job.

The Maple Leafs will return to action on Thursday night as they host the Dallas Stars.