Going down three goals in the first period is usually never a good call in order to win a game.A pair of similar goals on 2-on-1s and a knuckleball chased James Reimer out of the net in the first period, and things didn’t get much better from there.
Once it was all over, the score sat at 6-1 in favour of the Senators.
Perhaps the most important news for Leafs fans was that Tyler Bozak left the game after taking a hit to the head in the second period and did not return. Otherwise, this was a very ugly game to watch.
Ottawa scored the game’s first six goals, starting just 19 seconds into the game. Senators captain Erik Karlsson had four assists on the night. If you haven’t heard, he’s shaping up to be quite the player. The Leafs looked lost and disinterested for much of the night. Ottawa now sits tied with Montreal, with 54 points through 53 games.
Toronto didn’t actually play too horribly offensively, but couldn’t put anything into the net. A pair of early defensive mistakes really set the Leafs back in their chances of winning – or even competing in this game.
Our token Newfoundlander and Ottawa resident Ryan Fancey had the interesting experience of taking in the game with family, so the Blue Warrior award goes to him.
When asked for comment, he said, “Damn, it’s painful.”
In terms of Leafs players, PA Parenteau scored the lone goal which may have marginally increased his trade value.
What’s up next?
The Leafs head to Western Canada for a roadie that starts Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames. Another TLN staff member will be in attendance Thursday night against the Oilers in a regrettable decision by Jon Steitzer. No word yet if Jeff Veillette makes an appearance in Vancouver next Saturday.