Despite an 11 game losing streak and a disappointed fan base the Toronto Maple Leafs proved they are not the worst team in the NHL in last nights win. The Leafs faced off against the lowly Edmonton Oilers who are currently ranked 29th in the NHL with a mere 37 points and a 14-30-9 record. The Leafs seemed to be firing on all cylinders last night as they shut down the Oilers handedly 5-1. The Leafs had five different players who put the puck in the back of the net, as goals were scored by Panik, Kessel, Rielly, Santorelli and Holland. The player of the night however was James Reimer as he received the games 1st Star honours. Reimer made 32 saves, allowing only one goal with a .970 save percentage.
Yet there were some lingering issues the Leafs have been dealing with all season and will likely continue to hold back the Leafs against higher ranked opponents. The Leafs may have beaten the Oilers in the scoring department but the Oilers were dominant when the puck was dropped as they won 39 face-offs to the Leafs 26. They were also out-shot by the Oilers 32-28 which doesn’t bode well for the Leafs when they face teams with more talented rosters. The Leafs may have proved they are not the worst team in the NHL but they certainly didn’t give any reason to hope for a comeback run at the playoffs this season as the Leafs defence continues to struggle.
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Stay positive Leafs fans and hold on, as they say, it will likely get worse before it gets better. Click the LIKE button at the bottom of the page and share your thoughts on the Leafs win last night against the Oilers or Tweet me @D_ScHramER34 with the #elitesportsblog. I’ll see you at the game!