Shootout losses could haunt Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri (centre) skates past Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (left) and Patrice...

Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri (centre) skates past Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (left) and Patrice Bergeron during the first period in Boston on Monday. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

Of the 14 teams in action on Monday night, the Maple Leafs were the longest shot on the Las Vegas board as the Boston Bruins were heavily favoured to avenge a Saturday night loss.

If you bet Boston, you got the money with a 3-2 win, but had to sweat it through a comeback, overtime and a shootout that had to leave Toronto coach Randy Carlyle’s crew with mixed feelings on the charter flight home.

Sure, they got at least a point in a fifth consecutive game, golden currency on the opening game of the final third of the 48-game season. And getting three out of four from the Bruins in a home-and-home over 72 hours is at least a moral and mental victory for a team that could barely compete with them the past two seasons.

On the other hand, losing four shootouts in their past eight games could be haunting a few weeks down the road and the Leafs were unable to convert on a 2-0 lead that had the Bruins looking as benign as you will ever see them.


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