The Leafs did the old Leafs thing last night after blowing a 2-1 lead to the Montreal Canadiens losing to go on to lose in overtime. Not only did they lose the game, but they did so at the hands of Cole Caufield and a nice helping of Matthews-Marner impostorism.
If you don’t know what I mean by that, let me describe it fairly quickly. The Maple Leafs had a 2-on-0 in overtime with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner where they didn’t score.
This is the part where most scream and say, “UGGGHHHH!!!” very loudly but I’ll refrain from that this time. Why? The Leafs are evil geniuses that’s why.
The Habs getting two points from that game has them tied with the Winnipeg Jets who remain at 57 points after losing to the Ottawa Senators. This whole time we expected the Leafs to take on Montreal in the first round of the playoffs, something that hasn’t been done since 1979! However, this game brings the Canadiens one step closer to securing third in the North Division which would make the Leafs’ first-round opponent the team who is at their lowest point and thinks they’re dirty.
Perhaps this game is a game a blessing in disguise. Or maybe I’m just finding an excuse to enjoy the loss. Either way, the Leafs have points in 18 of their last 22 games. Not much to hate about that.
What will be interesting though is whether Nick Foligno is actually hurt or if the team kept him out of the rest of the game as a precautionary measure.
The last shift for Foligno— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 4, 2021
You can see him reach for his leg as he stops pic.twitter.com/ORBtkZ9lye
Another thing to consider with Foligno here as he was tripped with a collision into the boards earlier in the period— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 4, 2021
Who knows pic.twitter.com/s9HQDcdEsK
Considering all the time we’ve spent planning what the playoff roster will be as well as the well-being of a new face on the team, hopefully, it isn’t serious.
Around the Hockey World
The Penguins have developed some mid-round gems - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins have found some major contributors in the NHL draft beyond the first round.
Tom Wilson at it again
Tom Wilson gets a 10-minute misconduct for punching Buchnevich in the head on the ground and body slamming Panarin pic.twitter.com/fg2HRej8yD— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 4, 2021
Quinn on Wilson: Zero respect for the game. Said Panarin is fortunate to be OK.— Rick Carpiniello (@RickCarpiniello) May 4, 2021
Preliminary word is that NYR Artemi Panarin won’t play the rest of the season.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 4, 2021
Great chirp by Scheifele