Matt Frattin of the Maple Leafs looks to put one past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask last night but it is not to be as his shot goes wide. Rask turned aside all 21 shots he faced to earn the shutout. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - This wasn’t another painful screening of Groundhog Day for the Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins, but it had the same ending.
And with no column for moral victories in the NHL standings, especially in a 48-game schedule, the Leafs stood in the shadow of Saturday’s 1-0 loss and hoped it won’t be a winter of six more losses to the B’s.
After getting hammered 36-10 on the scoreboard last season in dropping all six games of the season’s series, the Leafs needed to make some kind of statement at the Air Canada Centre. They played better in front of James Reimer, who earned first-star honours by making 33 saves. But they generated only 21 shots themselves and made too many giveaways for coach Randy Carlyle’s taste.