Hurricanes-Maple Leafs: Leafs Play Well, but Lose to Hot Goalie Cam Ward
The Toronto Maple Leafs came up with probably their best team effort of the season in this 2-0 loss, but could not put the puck behind the Cane's goalie Cam Ward.
The Leafs controlled most of the play during the game and each line played very solid hockey. The M Line of May, Mitchell, and Mayers played very strong and kept pressure on the Cane's defence on each shift with their solid fore-checking.
Toskala came up with his best effort in quite some time and could not be faulted for the two goals that got behind him.
The delay of game call by the official on Kaberle was very marginal at best. His two minutes resulted in the first Hurricane goal—a shot from the blue line.
The Cane's second goal came with only seconds left in the second period, leaving the Leafs to try to overcome a 2-0 deficit going into the third period.
With the exception of two or three hiccups and a failed tripping call on Antropov by the officials, the Leafs could have won this one.
Ron Wilson should be happy with his team's effort, if not the outcome. I do believe Wilson's big problems are lack of break-out patterns as well as PP-PK.
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