Some rough thoughts on players:
- I thought Peter Holland had a really strong game tonight, was often in the right place in the right time, had some speed, and had a couple good zone entries.
- Nazem Kadri was creative and had a couple good opportunities (include a great doorstep chance where he was shut down by Steve Mason).
- Morgan Rielly played like a man possessed in his last few minutes of ice time. I get so excited when he jumps into the rush - I expect that when he figures out to convert on those opportunities more often, he'll light the lamp more frequently than he has been lately.
- I don't think anyone really stood out as a strong negative for me. Yes, Del Zotto's stick should've been tied up, and yes, I continue my "kick David Clarkson off the second power play unit" crusade (and tonight, he was on for the last-minute 6-on-5), but otherwise, thought everyone played at least 'alright.'
Overall, I was braced for worse, considering the missing Captain and the last time these two teams played (Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were surprisingly quiet tonight), but this is, to me, a reasonably good loss. This was a close game throughout, and the Leafs were competitive - that said, they were competitive against a non-playoff team and those are the kinds of games the Leafs need to win if they're going to try and stay in the playoff picture. Also, I wish I had more context for this, because it's 100% untrue:
Reimer on losing 1-0: "I didn’t do my job well enough."— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 1, 2015