The writing was on the wall, as soon as we heard Alex Stalock’s comments about his time with the Leafs. Stalock said being waived by Toronto and not getting a fair shot to be in the crease was his lowest point in his career. Well, seek some revenge against the Leafs he did just that, making 28 saves for a shutout and the first shutout loss for the Leafs in more than a calendar year.
I won’t blame you if you didn’t watch past the first period, I am in the same boat. The first period was slow, boring and the Leafs had no jump to the game, as pointed out numerous times throughout the broadcast. The Leafs had a tough time generating anything in the offensive zone, only getting 12 shots to the net through the first two periods of the game. The Wild play a defensive style game where they kept majority of the Leaf shots out wide, and not giving them any quality scoring chances down the middle.
The Leafs now have scored three goals in their last three games without Matthews, and certainly look more lost on offence this time around without Matthews. Another facet of the game the Leafs are struggling in is on the man advantage. The Leafs went 0-4 last night and are now 3-19 in the past nine games. The Leafs have one of the most dangerous power play units in the league and it is uncharacteristic that they are struggling.
Performance of the Night:
Well there isn’t a convincing performance that stands out from the rest, but I have to award it to somebody, and that somebody is Ryan Suter. Now Suter isn’t the flashiest player but he stood out to me in this one because the man played 27 minutes, which were 5 more than any other player in this game. Suter leads the Wild defence core for setting the tone of how they play their game. One of the best defensive defenceman in the league, Suter was a presence on the ice and one was one of the main reasons Toronto couldn’t generate a lot of chances in the offensive zone. Suter also recorded an assist on Tyler Ennis’ game winning goal.