The Maple Leafs lost 5-2 against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. This was the first game of the Leafs’ California swing. The loss ended the Leafs’ three game winning streak, while also snapping their 11 game win streak in California.

Defensive Relapse 

Despite letting in five goals, Campbell had a solid night making 37 saves. For much of the game, he had his work cut out for him. In the second period especially, when the Sharks outshot them 18-6 he kept the Leafs in a good position. Of the five goals I can confidently say not one went in because of a mistake made by Campbell.

After three great games last week, the defense was off last night. Mistakes from the defense were the cause of four of the five goals. The last goal was on a empty net. Dermott once again had a horrible night. After vowing to step up in the absence of Muzzin, it is becoming more clear that Dermott does not have what it take to be a top defensemen in the league. From getting horrible penalties too plainly not paying attention to what the opposing team is doing, Dermott has become a liability. For someone playing for a contract next season, he is not proving why he should be brought back.

Take for instance Martin Marincin. Arguably he has been the most hated on member of the defense in past few years. But since returning too the line-up he has played amazing, He scored a fantastic goal Saturday night and added an assist against the Sharks. He has points in three straight games now. Mix that with the great play from Rosen who also added an assist in San Jose. Dermott’s place on this team next season isn’t as for sure as many would expect.

Secondary Scoring 

The biggest problem the Leafs have at the moment is depth scoring. The reason I say that is because in the past month or so majority of the goals have come from the top six pairings. I understand that this is the case for most teams. When Keefe first took over what made the Leafs dominate so much was the fact all four lines could score.

This took pressure off of the top core and made opposing coaches the tough task of figuring out good match-ups. There is no doubt the top players can score a boat load of goals but when the playoffs come around its a different game. Offense from the bottom six is going too be needed.

Magic Marner At it Again 

Mitch Marner scored one of the best goals you will ever see against the Sharks. Late in the second period, Marner and Matthews made a rush up ice into the Sharks zone. The one-two play between the two confused Sharks goalie Jones and set-up Marner for a goal of the year candidate.

The goal ended Marner’s seven game goalless drought. Since the new year, Marner has only scored six times. With that goal last night, the Leafs will be hoping Marner has found his scoring touch once again.

The Leafs will return to action on Thursday as they visit the Kings in LA.