The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Montreal Canadiens last night by a score of 3-2 in overtime. It was the Maple Leafs’ second game against the Habs in Montreal and the result was another one-goal loss.
The Maple Leafs came out strong in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead. Mark Giordano and Cale Jarnkrok scored for Toronto. However, the Maple Leafs let the Canadiens back into the game in the second period.
It was like a different Montreal team. They took advantage of what they were given and overcame a two goal deficit. The result was another premature loss to Toronto.
After the game hit overtime, it was back and forth and a great shot by Rem Pitlik beat Maple Leafs goalie Samsonov for the Habs win.
Takeaway One: Mark Giordano is on a mini-scoring streak
Mark Giordano, who is currently the oldest skater playing in the NHL this season, scored a goal in his team’s second straight loss to the Canadiens. It took him less than a minute – 53 seconds to put the Maple Leafs up 1-0. With the goal, Giordano (who is 39 years and 110 days old) became the oldest Maple Leafs defenseman since Tim Horton in 1968 to score in two consecutive games.
Giordano now has a three-game, three-point scoring streak. In those games, he scored two goals and added an assist. In 47 games this season, he has now totaled three goals and added 13 assists (for 16 points). He also had a plus-18 rating on the season.
Takeaway Two: Ilya Samsonov has yet to lose on home ice
Although Ilya Samsonov has yet to lose on home ice this season, he lost in overtime. Samsonov made 28 saves in overtime. Until overtime, the two goals he allowed both came in the second period. None of the goals were really stinkers, just good shots.
Samsonov played a tough game. If it wasn’t for his strong performance, the Maple Leafs could have lost by an even bigger margin. That’s why the team picked up at least one point. Even when losing, he played well and kept the game close.
However, Samsonov had several injury scares. The first came after he fell on ice and had to twist his body to save. The second came after he took a puck to the mask. Despite this, he was able to continue playing. He doesn’t seem to miss any time.
Takeaway Three: The Canadiens always seem to play well against the Maple Leafs
Going into the game, the Maple Leafs were 22 points ahead of the Canadiens, who were last in the Atlantic Division. The Canadians were weakened – missing several key players due to injuries (Cole Caufield, Brendan Gallagher, Sean Monahan, and Juraj Slafkowski and Kaiden Guhle). Still, the Maple Leafs couldn’t beat this determined underdog team.
Notably, Montreal has beaten Toronto twice this season. But they are not the only group that has done this. The Arizona Coyotes and Las Vegas Golden Knights have both beaten them twice. The Maple Leafs lack of success against the Canadiens is just weird.