The Toronto Maple Leafs are finished for another season. What a great regular season, and what a letdown postseason. Sound familiar? Tonight is a disappointing night for fans but especially for the team.
In this post, I’ll share three takeaways from the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Takeaway One: Jack Campbell Solid in Game 7 Loss
Jack Campbell was coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning, a game in which he was so-so. However, Campbell was on his game in Game 7 and only gave up two goals in 25 shots. The problem was the other goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy only gave up one – even though he was being peppered by Maple Leafs’ offense – in 31 shots.
Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek were the top Maple Leafs’ goalies this season
Campbell was the goalie he needed to be in this game, but the Maple Leafs’ kept pounding on the door unsuccessfully. They pressured but they didn’t score. Vasilevskiy played exactly like the Conn Smythe winner he was last season.
The upside is that, even though Campbell couldn’t be blamed for the loss, his salary negotiations tipped in favor of the organization because he didn’t lead his team to a win. Poor positive, I know; but, that will matter in a couple of months.
Takeaway Two: No Goals for Mitch Marner or Auston Matthews in Game 7
Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner both registered assists in last night’s 2-1 Game 7 loss However, they couldn’t put the puck past the Lightning goalie. Both assists came on Morgan Rielly’s second-period goal that tied the game 1-1.
That tie didn’t last long at all because the Lightning’s Nick Paul made an amazing rush on the net and scored a great individual-effort goal.
Matthews didn’t play badly at all in the series. He scored four goals and added five assists for nine points in the seven games. Still, he and his teammates simply didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to advance past the first round they had in Game 6. It’s been six seasons of frustration.
Takeaway Three: Morgan Rielly Really Played Strong Offensive Hockey
Morgan Rielly played a strong game and was an offensive force all night. He scored the team’s only goal in last night’s loss. Unfortunately, as noted before, Rielly was the only Maple Leafs’ player to put a puck past Vasilevskiy.
Rielly scored three goals in the series and scored points in five of the team’s seven games. The 28-year-old Rielly had a career regular-season when he scored 68 points in 82 games. However, like his teammates, he’s sadly disappointed over the team’s loss.
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