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Goaltending An Issue For Toronto After Their Fifth Consecutive Loss

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

William Nylander showed up on time on Tuesday night.

Not all of his Maple Leafs teammates could make a similar claim.

We’re looking at you, goaltender David Rittich.

After getting a reprieve for missing a team meeting on Monday, Nylander redeemed himself with a couple of assists on two John Tavares goals against the Vancouver Canucks.

As effectively as Nylander played in the offensive zone, Rittich was wretched at the other end, allowing two soft Canucks goals in the third period.

The result was a 6-3 Leafs loss, marking the first time Toronto has lost five in a row since Mike Babcock’s last stand as Leafs coach. The Leafs had lost six consecutive games when Babcock was fired on Nov. 20, 2019, and won its first three under Sheldon Keefe.

The fall on Tuesday came 48 hours after the Leafs lost 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks, a loss that included a couple of weak goals on Jack Campbell.

“I’m concerned about our goaltending,” Keefe said. “We got to get that sorted out. I’m not concerned about our team. I believe in our group. We played well enough to win, we played well enough to win the other night. But we got to get better goaltending to give our group confidence.”

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Below are the game highlights.

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TreKronor's avatar

I only pay a little attention to Toronto, but a few weeks ago wasn’t the narrative that they had so many good goalies they weren’t sure which one to use?

The Leafs had lost six consecutive games when Babcock was fired on Nov. 20, 2019, and won its first three under Sheldon Keefe.

Yes, a coach being fired tends to inspire the players to actually show up for the new coach.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 10:12 AM ET

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Just guessing here that one of Toronto, Colorado, and Washington are going to wish they had spent a 3rd rounder and picked up Bernier.

Especially the Caps, Boston is going to be tough first round opponent.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 04/21/21 at 11:09 AM ET

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Once Bernier was injured just before the deadline, there was no chance of trade. All the clubs needed security blanket, not starter, and they couldn’t pay top price for someone who may not even be available in the playoffs.

Posted by Davor on 04/21/21 at 02:40 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Just guessing here that one of Toronto, Colorado, and Washington are going to wish they had spent a 3rd rounder and picked up Bernier.

For Toronto that would involve admitting they shouldn’t have traded him for nothing a few years ago, which would never happen.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 04:16 PM ET

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Toronto media I saw seemed almost offended
and dismissive of the idea the Leafs would ever revisit Bernier.

Dubnyk was a curious choice for Colorado.
He’s recovered his game before but hasn’t been
good with his last two teams. Colorado needed
someone they could lean on in a playoff round.

Washington you just never know with two younger less experienced goalies.
Both could falter but at least in talent you have two comparable options.

Toronto…the Campbell worship was becoming such a hype bubble.
So dismissive of Andersson. Rittich is an interesting choice but not a guy who’s been great or even mostly relied upon when Calgary had veterans to play ahead of him, Talbot and Markstrom were easy choices. It’s always seemingly something there.
Some previously unconsidered vulnerability emerges and you can see the media and fan base start to panic.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/21/21 at 06:35 PM ET

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When is the Toronto media (and fanbase) not offended and dismissive? wink

Posted by dwgs on 04/22/21 at 12:36 PM ET

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