Los Angeles scored five goals in the first two periods which was too much for the Leafs to overcome. Self-inflicted wounds by the Maple Leafs proved to be the difference in this game, which put this game out of reach early despite a heroic comeback attempt.
Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers….As mentioned before, the Leafs didn’t do themselves any favours last night. On at least three of the goals against, Toronto turned the puck over in their own end. As one of the premier teams in the NHL, the LA Kings don’t need any favours finding ways to score. These turnovers were costly not only on the score sheet but for the flow of the game. Gardiner’s tumble caused the first goal which got the Leafs chasing the play, causing a JVR penalty which the Kings capitalized on for the second goal. Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock will surely clean up his team’s defensive lapses.
Too little, too late…. After the Kings took a commanding 5-0 lead the Leafs finally played some inspired hockey, too bad fans turned it off before they could see their three goal effort. The Leafs have now lost four of their last five games, and during this tough stretch, the Leafs haven’t been playing a full 60 minutes. For the Leafs to get out of this drought, they will have to play a consistent game of competitive hockey and not allow the other team to gain moment by scoring the first goal.
Who is the backup?... Curtis McElhinney started his second game of the season and was lit up by the Kings offence. Now the defense didn’t help him with some bad defensive turnovers, but McElhinney looked out of position on some scoring chances. With Calvin Pickard in the AHL, and McElhinney’s early season struggles, it may be time to keep an eye on the Leafs backup goalie battle with McElhinney not providing consistency at the back up position when the Leafs need to rest Andersen.