Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead after an Andreas Borgman goal, the Leafs were unable to keep up with the Blues in St Louis's 6-4 victory.
Post Game Takeaways
-The Leafs played one of their worst periods of the season during the second frame vs. St Louis. Constant defensive breakdowns and miscommunication between players saw the Blues score three second period goals to lead 3-1 after two periods. Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock can't possibly be happy with the effort in the second period, and adjustments need to be imminent before we suggest personnel changes on the Leafs defense.
-Although the Leafs were clearly inept with their defensive coverage, Frederik Andersen needs to find a way to make a save when things aren't rolling properly. Coming into the game against St Louis, Andersen had a solid Western road trip, but he fell back to some of his old habits tonight, allowing six Blues goals. This continues to be an issue with the Leafs because like Babcock said, they can't continue to outscore their mistakes, nobody can.
-It was really a peculiar decision by Babcock to not challenge the Blues sixth goal. Andersen clearly got a stick to the mask before the goal which interfered with his ability to make the save. We'll see if we hear anything more about his reasoning behind not challenging it.
Next Game: Monday vs. Las Vegas 7PM ET