Ryan Johansen had a three-point night as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Leafs 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots to earn his fifth career shutout.
James Reimer got embarrassed just a couple of nights after his career high 49 save performance against the Washington Capitals.
Reimer allowed six goals on just 21 shots, but should’ve been pulled after four in my opinion.
All goals were scored in quick succession. Worse still, Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul left the game with a groin injury at the end of the second period and did not return.
This embarrassing loss also marked the return of forward Tyler Bozak who had missed a dozen games due to a hamstring injury. However, Bozak’s return didn’t help the team out at all.
So it’s back to the drawing board for head coach Randy Carlyle.
Even though the Leafs suffered their worst defeat so far, I was impressed at how Randy Carlyle handled the media afterwards. He didn’t allow them to dwell on the play of goaltender James Reimer.
Instead he stated to reporters: “We didn’t have energy off a day off yesterday.
“It just seemed like we lacked the necessary pace that was required to compete in the game.”
When you get two goals scored on your team 20 seconds apart, the goalie isn’t the only one at fault. The defence really struggled for the Leafs and Columbus made them pay for their mistakes.
Plus there was no response from the offense except for a few pointless fights late in the game.
This was just a terrible game for Toronto, and I can’t wait to see if they’ll be able to bounce back on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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