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.