The Tampa Bay Lightning (35-8-2, 72 points) are 14 points ahead of the Maple Leafs and 16 ahead of the Bruins after a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, their ninth in 10 games.
Hutchinson has been fine as the Maple Leafs starting goalie.
Afterward, Zaitsev, who was also on the ice and involved in the two other Boston goals, explained that the.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had the luxury of rolling four lines during the game (the lowest TOI was David Backes at 10:39 and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson at 11:51 and every other forward had 12 minutes or more) and the depth line of Kuraly, Chris Wagner and Noel Acciari provided a matchup problem for the Leafs most of the night. Kasperi Kapanen added a pair of helpers and Michael Hutchinson took the loss for the Maple Leafs with three goals allowed on 29 shots.
Really, I don't believe the final score (3-2) is necessary for the rest of this recap, because the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins for the third time this season, this time on "Hockey Night in Canada". Upgrading the fourth line may be something that can be accomplished internally with the return of the injured Tyler Ennis or promotion of Trevor Moore or Carl Grundstrom, but if we use the last few years as an indicator, Babcock will continue to hint at acquiring "heavier" veteran players before the deadline.
Monday NHL action pits the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Colorado Avalanche.
"I'm medically cleared to participate with the team and what they choose to do tomorrow is up to them", Sparks said. Matthews, who was limited to two points (one goal, one assist) in the seven-game playoff series against Boston last spring, has one goal in his past nine games. The Maple Leafs defenseman whiffed on a back pass along the boards that Kuraly intercepted and sent in front of the net to David Pastrnak, who gave Boston a 3-2 lead with 15 seconds remaining before the second intermission.
Matthews did not talk to reporters after the game, but his comments at the morning skate earlier in the day put this rivalry between the Maple Leafs and Bruins into perspective. "It's a division game so these are important points heading into the second half of the season. We should be excited for it playing a good team".
With this in mind, the Maple Leafs need Frederik Andersen back between the pipes and fast. They're well coached, tons of credit goes to them. "We're a good team too and tonight I felt like we did play good enough to get a win but just didn't get the result".
The Leafs play host to the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Monday and there is a good chance Garret Sparks also will be in his usual spot, sitting at the end of the bench backing up Andersen.
"It's a good sign", goalie Tuukka Rask said. "We'll need all these guys in the second half and it's good to get them back".
"We've had success against Toronto, sure, but these things happen". We've lost (14 consecutive games) against Washington.
Maple Leafs fans would disagree when it comes to Boston's recent mastery of Toronto.