With the Leafs coming into Monday’s matchup against Arizona with more wins in their current winning streak then the Coyotes do all season, it was a sure thing to pick the Leafs in this one. However, Arizona was the one to extend to their win streak, making it three in a row with a 4-1 win against the Leafs. Arizona has been awful this season, but are on a roll sweeping the Eastern Canadian swing, reminding us all in the process that this team can be good when all their early first round picks are playing together as a team. One of the many first rounders is Clayton Keller who stole the show Monday night with a pair of assists. Keller is leading the NHL rookie race early in the season, generated scoring chances and was super fun to watch when he had the puck last night. Brandon Perlini snapped Frederik Andersen’s shutout streak at 141:28 on the power play, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson was the other Coyote to beat Andersen, also on the power play. The Leafs lone goal sorcerer was James Van Riemsdyk for his 11th on the season, and 5th goal in as many games. The Leafs thought they had tied the game at two when Auston Matthews fired one past Raanta. Coyotes challenged the call for goalie interference and won, as Zach Hyman appeared to have speared the net minder, preventing him to make the save on Matthews. Judging from the replay, it looked like Raanta had enough time to get up and get into position but the referees thought otherwise and it turned out to be the deciding goal in this game.
Performance of the Night:
Well other than Raanta’s performance on the disallowed goal, the performance of the night goes to the Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen. Despite his shutout streak being snapped, Andersen was key for the Leafs to stay in this game. He made the ridiculous save on Dvorak when the Coyotes was laying on the pressure. I chalk this game up to being a fluke game that is not telling of Andersen’s past performance. He looked calm and in position most of the light and will continue to be a force in the coming games.
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