The Maple Leafs continue to dominate in the North Division. This team came into tonight with a five-point lead over the second-place Edmonton Oilers in the standings. With the way they are playing, they look like a contending team for the Stanley Cup. They came into tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak. Montreal currently sits in the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. If the Maple Leafs win this game, the gap gets smaller for any team looking to catch them. The only two teams that seem to have a shot are Edmonton and Winnipeg. Even that is a stretch to happen this season.
It is pretty clear these two teams are going to make the playoffs. There is a very good chance we get to see these two teams play each other. It seems like we get a Maple Leafs win every night at this point. This team is feeling really good right now. The game got a little interesting at the end, but Jack Campbell and company shut down the door and got a much-needed victory. The Maple Leafs have the Canadiens number this season. When your goalie is hot, the team around him can feed off of his momentum. This team is doing that and that’s what we see the Maple Leafs win a lot of games this year.
Auston Matthews gets this one going early. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wEs2si0ui5
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 7, 2021
Maple Leafs’ Big Third Period
The Maple Leafs had the better of the play in the first period. They outshot the Canadiens 13-7 and took a tie score into the second. Auston Matthews (28) and Corey Perry (8) scored for their respective teams in that period. The second period was all Montreal in terms of pressure. They outshot the Maple Leafs 17-4, but Jack Campbell kept Montreal off the scoresheet in the period.
The third period was a different story. TJ Brodie got the team going by scoring his first goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf. The Maple Leafs continued to apply the pressure on Jake Allen. On a breakout for the Leafs, Zach Hyman put home a rebound off an Auston Matthews shot. This was Hyman’s 13th of the season. A late goal from Corey Perry (9) cut the lead to 3-2, but that is all the Canadiens would get. A huge reason that we see the Maple Leafs win this game was their play in this period. They end up getting outshot by the Habs 34-32, but Jack Campbell was stellar once again. He now has started this season 10-0-0. This is his crease and the Maple Leafs are riding high with him in between the pipes.
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