In the second half of a back-to-back in Southern California, James Reimer made his return to the Leafs’ net.
Reimer was excellent, managing to keep the game scoreless into the third period. Eventually, Los Angeles’ pressure told, as they got two goals in just over five minutes to take the lead. The Leafs got a quick response to give them some hope, but couldn’t get any closer than that.
It seemed like Toronto got a fair amount of praise for this game, but the chance and possession statistics point a very different story. The Kings dominated possession, and built up a big margin in chances as well. The Leafs were able to generate a good number of chances on the powerplay, but had only six in the entire game at even strength, one of their lowest outputs of the season. The fact they had a chance in this game is down to James Reimer’s strong play. The Kings also had a very clear edge in the neutral zone, as you’d expect given their possession numbers.
It may have been fatigue catching up with the Leafs after five periods of tough hockey in two days, but the Kings came out hot at the start of the third, outchancing the Leafs 6-2 in the first half of the frame, including the two goals. The Leafs weren’t able to generate much at even strength in trying to chase the game, although they did earn some chances with Reimer pulled.
|1||13:37||0||0||Tor||Bozak from Parenteau||ES||3||15||21||34||42||51||10||12||32||52||70||77|
|1||11:26||0||0||Lak||Mersch from Lecavalier||ES||3||23||28||33||34||51||10||32||44||49||52||71|
|1||07:27||0||0||Lak||Muzzin from faceoff||SH||2||34||40||46||47||6||8||11||17||32||73|
|1||02:42||0||0||Tor||Winnik from rebound||ES||3||19||24||26||34||51||10||11||12||32||52||77|
|1||02:06||0||0||Lak||Gaborik from Kopitar||ES||2||23||28||33||34||44||3||8||11||12||32||77|
|2||17:24||0||0||Lak||Muzzin wide from Pearson||SH||2||34||40||47||52||6||8||12||32||70||77|
|2||16:33||0||0||Lak||Mersch wide from loose puck||SH||3||24||26||34||44||10||23||27||32||44||49|
|2||14:47||0||0||Tor||Parenteau wide from Bozak||ES||15||21||34||42||44||51||3||8||22||32||71||74|
|2||12:25||0||0||Tor||Bozak wide from loose puck||PP||3||15||21||28||34||42||3||8||11||23||32|
|2||10:40||0||0||Tor||Lupul deflects Holland shot||PP||19||24||34||43||47||51||22||27||32||52||74|
|2||08:29||0||0||Lak||Kopitar from Toffoli||ES||3||15||21||34||43||51||10||11||17||32||52||73|
|2||04:38||0||0||Lak||Gaborik from Carter||ES||2||19||24||34||42||51||6||12||27||32||74||77|
|2||02:25||0||0||Lak||Muzzin wide from faceoff||ES||2||34||43||44||47||6||22||27||32||74|
|2||00:49||0||0||Tor||Parenteau wide from Bozak||ES||3||15||21||34||42||6||11||27||32||52|
|3||19:43||0||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk drives wide||PP||3||15||21||28||34||42||11||23||27||32||52|
|3||17:07||0||0||Lak||GOAL! Muzzin from Lecavalier||ES||3||23||28||33||34||51||6||27||32||44||49||71|
|3||16:31||0||1||Lak||King wraparound wide||ES||2||15||21||34||42||52||6||22||23||27||32||74|
|3||15:14||0||1||Lak||Pearson drives wide||ES||2||19||24||26||34||51||10||12||27||32||70||77|
|3||14:57||0||1||Tor||Holland deflects Rielly shot||ES||19||24||26||34||44||52||10||12||27||32||49||77|
|3||12:32||0||1||Lak||Lucic from Kopitar||ES||2||34||40||43||44||47||6||11||17||27||32||73|
|3||11:55||0||1||Lak||GOAL! Carter from Gaborik||ES||3||19||24||26||34||52||3||8||12||32||70||77|
|3||09:55||0||2||Tor||GOAL! Holland from Kadri||PP||19||24||34||43||47||51||3||8||11||32||73|
|3||06:05||1||2||Lak||Gaborik drives wide||ES||2||15||21||34||42||44||6||12||27||32||70||77|
|3||04:51||1||2||Lak||Brown drives wide||ES||2||23||24||28||34||51||8||10||11||23||32||74|
|3||03:00||1||2||Tor||Boyes from Van Riemsdyk||EN||2||15||21||28||42||51||6||8||11||17||32||73|
|3||02:06||1||2||Tor||Kadri from Rielly||EN||19||40||43||44||47||51||6||8||17||22||23||32|
|3||01:09||1||2||Tor||Boyes wide from Gardiner||EN||15||21||28||42||44||51||6||8||11||23||32||74|
Leafs Player Data
As with the overall numbers, the player chance numbers paint a very grim picture of the Leafs’ night, as most of the team struggled. The one line that came close to staying even was Daniel Winnik with Peter Holland and Joffrey Lupul, who matched up against Dustin’s Brown line. Those three were the best Leafs forwards in chance differential, and were the only were able to win the neutral zone, although they did not prevent many controlled entries.
Tyler Bozak’s line was shuffled around between assignments, and also managed to generate some offense, but weren’t able to defend effectively.
The bad line was the fourth line, as new arrival Vincent Lecavalier and Michael Mersch were particularly effective against Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, and Mark Arcobello. Matthias and Boyes were both a -6 in chances in just seven minutes, despite not getting a defensive zone start. Nazem Kadri’s line, matched against Anze Kopitar, was also not able to produce any chances, but they weren’t as bad defensively as the bottom line.
Roman Polak’s game misconduct left the defensive pairings in some disarray, and put the rest of the team under some serious pressure. Matt Hunwick had the worst of it, finishing a team worst -10 and not on for a single Leaf ES chance in his 19 minutes. Morgan Rielly was able to put up better numbers than his regular partner, and his -4 was the best of any of the high-use defenceman.
Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner, who weren’t nearly as protected as they often have been this season, also had tough nights, but at least they managed to be on for some Leaf offensive chances. Martin Marincin’s -2 was the best on the backend, but one of those chances against turned out to be the winning goal.