After Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Maple Leafs got outplayed but didn’t necessarily put in the worst performance, head coach Sheldon Keefe tried to put an optimistic spin on how that result might impact the team heading into their upcoming road trip.
“If that’s one thing that will hopefully be a positive to come out of this. It’s been awhile since we had a night like this, that didn’t go our way,” said Keefe.
On the first game of that four-game road trip, nearly everything did end up going the Leafs’ way in a 3-0 win against a New York Islanders team that was admittedly missing multiple key players to COVID-19 protocol.
But you play the games as they come, and the Leafs put in a tidy, professional performance against the Islanders as they outshot them 40-20, and were rewarded with two long-overdue five-on-five goals as well as some decent shorthanded work.
“A very sound effort from our guys all the way through,” said Keefe postgame, which is a pretty accurate summation of things.
Islanders players when talking in each intermission about getting shots against Woll:
OK, beyond the strange San Francisco garage rock reference, Woll did really well to try and silence the skeptics with a number of active and athletic saves. Though he only faced 20 shots in just his second NHL game, being able to stay with the game and stay active after not being tested that often is easier said than done.
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