A worrying trend: Leafs outshot in 14 of past 15 games

Washington's Alex Ovechkin fires a shot at the Leafs' goal on Tuesday night. (Getty Images/AFP)

Washington's Alex Ovechkin fires a shot at the Leafs' goal on Tuesday night. (Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 AM ET

TORONTO - In the past month, the Maple Leafs have managed to survive quite nicely by playing hockey’s version of rope-a-dope.

But, given the onslaught of rubber their goaltenders have been forced to face in that period, how long can James Reimer and Ben Scrivens hold up like this?

Admittedly, shots on goal often are considered to be a secondary stat, one nowhere near as important as wins or points. Indeed, coach Randy Carlyle will be the first to tell you that it doesn’t matter how many shots you allow as long as they aren’t coming from prime scoring position.

Trouble is, right now the shots from the opposition are coming from EVERYWHERE. And there is no shortage of them either, much to the chagrin of Reimer and Scrivens.

While the Leafs, with 53 points, are still sitting pretty in their quest to grab their first playoff berth in nine years, any coach will tell you that you want to be playing your best hockey entering the post-season.


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