The Leafs’ last win came on November 7th against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. They followed up that victory with 5 consecutive losses. On Tuesday night the Leafs went back up against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Maybe this would finally be the game to get the Leafs back on track.

Game In Review

The Leafs started the game off strong. The shots were relatively even throughout the first period and the score remained knotted at zeros.

The second period was a different story as the Leafs came out completely flat. Roughly halfway through the second period, the Golden Knights go on the powerplay and Cody Glass scores his 4th goal of the season. This is the 18th time in 23 games where the Leafs have surrendered the opening goal. Golden Knights outshot the Leafs 17-8 in the second period.

The third period commences and the Leafs are flying again. Seven and a half minutes into the period the Leafs are rewarded for their efforts as veteran Jason Spezza scores his third goal of the season.

Spezza now has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season and has three goals in his last five games. Also, Mikheyev snaps a 7-game pointless streak with an assist on the Spezza goal.

However, right after the Leafs tied the game, they took their foot off the pedal. 42 seconds after the Spezza goal, Tyson Barrie turns the puck over and Tomas Nosek comes in on a breakaway, dekes and scores on Freddy Andersen. 2-1 Golden Knights. Just two minutes after that, Vegas goes on the powerplay and Mark Stone snipes his 10th goal of the season. 3-1 Golden Knights.

But the Leafs weren’t going down without a fight.

Two and a half minutes after Mark Stone made it 3-1, the Leafs get a powerplay of their own and Zach Hyman capitalizes as he scores his first goal of the season. Spezza and Barrie pick up assists on the Hyman goal. This was Spezza’s second multi-point game as a Maple Leaf and Barrie’s first two-game point streak as a Maple Leaf.

The Leafs would dominate the final seven minutes of the game but luck was not on their side. The Leafs rang a couple off the post, missed a few glorious chances and Mikheyev got absolutely robbed my goaltender Mark-Andre Fleury.

They threw everything they could at the Vegas goaltender but in the end it was the same old narrative of too little too late. With 21 seconds left in the game, Cody Eakin slid the puck into the Leafs’ empty net to seal the deal. 4-2 Golden Knights final.

Losing Streak Continues 

With this loss, the Leafs losing streak is extended to a season high six games. The Leafs are 0-5-0 without Marner in the lineup this season. Their most dangerous three offensive weapons of Nylander, Matthews and Tavares were all held off the scoresheet. The Leafs’ depth players came to play on Tuesday night but the Leafs really need their stars to put the team on their back and step up in critical games like these. 

The Leafs will go up against Phil Kessel and the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night in hopes of finally ending this devastating slump.

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