The Toronto Maple Leafs opened their season last Wednesday night, the first of ten games against the Montreal Canadiens, and received a 5–4 win

One thing to keep in mind about this game is what happened to Auston Matthews on penalties, Matthews was on the ice for the first penalty of the game, blocking a Shea Weber slap shot after that, Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe had it just for the encounters before waving him back to the bench

The Leafs have imposed too many penalties this week, a common topic, and the penalty shoot-out just wasn’t good.They consistently gave Montreal too much space in the neutral zone, which allowed them to have too many chances out of the onslaught and eventually to create the gate

The Leafs had a two-man advantage and tied the game into overtime, where Morgan Rielly got the game winner

The Leafs faced Ottawa Senators on Friday, with the Leafs dominating most of the first period, taking the lead early in the remaining minutes, however, with two consecutive penalties, The Sens hit and connected the game in the second phase (after regaining the lead) the Leafs collapsed and gave four straights to the New Year, same problems with this team

Frederik Andersen had a free night on the net for Toronto He wasn’t exactly terrible, but he wasn’t good either. Andersen is known for being a slow starter to the season Hopefully with just 56 games this year that will improve quickly other player who wasn’t having a good time was TJ Brodie (too many sales) but that wasn’t the most worrying part of that game Joe Thornton played 18 minutes in that game John Tavares? Just 15 William Nylander wasn’t far behind and only played 16 That was just bizarre, especially after their performance on Wednesday

Saturday was the second half of the duel against the Sens. There were some line-up changes on Hockey Night in Canada. Keefe went with a tandem of Jack Campbell and Aaron Dell and gave Andersen a full day off. Nicholas Robertson moved to Aleksander Barabanov Robertson came in August to the Leafs in the playoff bubble after scoring 55 goals in 46 games in the OHL. He played four games and scored his first NHL goal

At the start of the first period, the Leafs received another offensive zone penalty. They also gave up another 5-on-3 in the second period. Somehow, they made it into the third round by taking the lead

Robertson left the game early, just two minutes on the ice before sustaining a knee injury at the moment is all known to have an MRI done to assess what happened

Tim Stützle scored his first NHL goal late to put the Sens within one, but the Leafs held for the 3-2 win

Over the course of this week’s three games, the Leafs took 39 penalty minutes, many of them in the offensive or neutral zone.This cannot be attributed to any preseason and rust after months without hockey, but this cannot continue Toronto has done it fairly easily to get out especially against the Senators, but will soon face better teams with better power play units Given the shortened season, giving up these opportunities will be a big problem

As for other news, Dell and Jason Spezza were put on waivers on Sunday morning to be assigned to the taxi squad, with many teams in the league desperately looking for goalkeepers, it is plausible that Dell will be called upon on the other hand has made it clear to Spezza through his agent that he will not play for another NHL team

The Leafs start their second week on Monday and face the Winnipeg Jets at home

Leafs end the first week of the 2021 NHL season on a 2-1-0 record despite having received too many penalties, no consistency and shaky goals [To continue reading the full article, click here: Toronto Maple Leafs: Week in Review]

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