The Maple Leafs are continuing to get hot at the moment. The whole team seemed to be cooling down over the last month. As a result, teams like Winnipeg and Edmonton find themselves well within reach for first place in the division. Those Winnipeg Jets hosted these Toronto Maple Leafs for the second game in a row. For the second result in a row, we see the Maple Leafs win. This time, it went all the way to a shootout.
This game was some textbook play from the Maple Leafs. They wore the opposing team down, got a lot of shots on goal, and still managed to take it to a shootout. The biggest star in this game once again was Jack Campbell. He stopped 31 of 32 shots and was a brick wall in the shootout to help the Maple Leafs win this game 2-1.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 3, 2021
Jason Spezza’s Big Night
Jason Spezza will go down as one of the most electric players of his era. His amazing stickhandling ability and wrist shot made him a nightmare to play against. While age has caught up to the veteran and production has gone down, his skills haven’t gone anywhere. He collected an assist on the second-period goal from Travis Dermott. With that assist, Spezza moves into the top 100 in NHL history for points scored. That is a huge accomplishment in the hardest hockey league in the world.
To top off a historic night, Spezza scored the lone goal in the shootout. His goal paved the way for a Maple Leafs win. The Leafs now expand their lead over Winnipeg to four points in the standings. A big part of that is the play from Spezza tonight.
Spezza on getting into top 100 in history of NHL scoring: "Huge honour to be in that group. But I'm still playing …" #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) April 3, 2021
Campbell Solid Once Again
It is very clear that Jack Campbell has the support of his teammates this season. He has been a brick wall all season long. Tonight, with the win, his record moves up to 8-0-0 on the season. In his last five games, he has posted two shutouts and only allowed six goals in that span. That is ridiculous in this league at any point. Campbell is certainly gaining confidence in the crease and is giving the Maple Leafs a lot to think about.
When the playoffs come around, who will be the starter for this team to get a Maple Leafs win? Campbell seems to be in the running and might be leading the charge. Freddy seems to not be 100% and if Campbell continues this streak, how could you not go with him? It is a tough call, but I think Campbell could get the honour.
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