Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bozak Returns To Toronto In Crucial Game — Louis Blues

Bozak Returns To Toronto In Crucial Game — Louis Blues

After starting off the season with a 6-1 record, Toronto has lost two games in a row while being outscored 7-1 by Pittsburgh and St Louis.

Led by the league's top scorer and a potent supporting cast, the high-flying Maple Leafs filled the opposition net nearly at will through the first two weeks of the NHL season.

"Being a little bit cleaner and allowing us to use our speed and get on the forecheck and be tenacious and hungry for pucks and put pressure on teams and not give them time and space", he said. Saturday's performance illustrated where they still have room to improve as they finished a collective minus-five in the loss.

"You can't expect it to be like it was", Babcock said of the Leafs' run-and-gun open to the season.

Matthews, the National Hockey League in scoring with 16 points on 10 goals and six assists, was looking to become the third player in National Hockey League to start a season with eight consecutive multi-point games.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 21 shots.

Let's not forget that Toronto does not play again until Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets so this does allow Dubas the chance to go out and get his preliminary scouting done on potential deals down the road.

"You've got to identify who you are keeping", said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock about making personnel decisions in the salary cap era. He was back in goal after sitting out a victory over Los Angeles on Monday night because of a minor knee injury. There's a lesson learned in that.

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They pushed us a lot and they always have talented players. "Win our games at home and we will be in the next stage". They made the game so hard but I think we controlled the game so well - especially on the counter attacks.

"They didn't run around, they just played smart and didn't force anything". The game had started well enough for him with some key saves including a superb one on the power play against sniper Vladimir Tarasenko late in the first period.

The Maple Leafs failed on their first man-advantage situation after Brayden Schenn took an interference penalty at 1:22 of the second period.

Crosby won the draw and the puck found its way down low to Malkin, who fired a low shot that beat Andersen through the pads on Pittsburgh's 15th shot.

The current contractual impasse with restricted free agent William Nylander is more about the club's long term financial structure with concerns about being able to fit new deals for Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Jake Gardiner.

The increasingly frustrated Leafs pushed midway third - Nazem Kadri had the first of a couple great opportunity with eight minutes to go - but Murray stood tall whenever the Penguins' tight setup showed any cracks before Malkin and Letang scored into the empty net. Pittsburgh certainly has the firepower to keep up, but Toronto is playing with so much confidence right now I can't see them slowing down.

This is as close to a must-win game in October that you can get.

The St. Louis Blues have dug themselves an early hole to begin the 2018-2019 season.

The Minnesota Wild lack players with his youth and skill set, as well as having a plethora of options on the blue-line, hence the rumours suggesting that they're a good trading partner for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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