Leafs trade Marchment for Malgin, lose Johnsson for six months

Tanya Simon
February 21, 2020

He even said he looked forward to seeing the way Toronto would respond in a rematch Thursday night with the Penguins at Scotiabank Arena.

It's easy to get carried away with narratives in the report cards, but it really did feel like a "turning point" for the Maple Leafs. In the latter, they went 0-for-4 on the power play, gave up three power-play goals and were out of it in the second period.

It was only one game, but the Maple Leafs delivered. "Play like this, we can compete with anyone".

That had to be a great relief to the crowd of 19,386, many of whom probably entered the building fearing that the best player for the home team might be organist Jimmy Holmstrom.

"It was a great effort", Muzzin said. He blistered the team during the first intermission on Tuesday and ripped it during his post-mortem with the media after the game. "We didn't defend the net-front almost as hard as we need to". "We just need to make the decision that the time is now and that it's important".

The Leafs, who woke up Thursday out of the playoffs with 21 games left on the schedule, came in 7-8-3 over their last 18 - with just four 60-minute victories over that span - following a 15-4-1 start to Keefe's tenure after he replaced Mike Babcock on November 20. "Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization".

Muzzin opened the scoring with a sizzling slap shot with 12:15 left in the second period.

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Andersen is 0-3-0 since returning from a neck injury that sidelined him four games, posting an ugly.835 save percentage and a 4.42 goals-against average.

"We can't fall in love with (one game)", warned Tavares, knowing they could be out of a playoff spot again in a few hours when Florida played in Los Angeles on the west coast.

"We've just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis", center Alex Kerfoot said.

He joins Toronto with the Maple Leafs (31-22-8) in third place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Panthers, but 3-5-1 in their past nine.

Penguins: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. That time, it was John Tavares besting Crosby, but No. 2 came after Tavares won a faceoff from Teddy Blueger and the fourth in the wake of Auston Matthews beating Evgeni Malkin. "But the best teams do it the most often".

"You're aware of the standings, I don't know if you watch them every day", said Hyman.

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