After getting crushed by Ottawa, Toronto made its biggest move of the season, trading away Dion Phaneuf on the eve of their game against his old team.
The Leafs put up a good fight without their captain, but gave up a couple of first period goals on special teams, and were down 4-1 midway through the second. They fought back to within one goal, but couldn’t get the winner.
The two teams were even in Corsi and chances after one period, but Toronto were able to shut down the Flames after that, and were very unfortunate to fall so far behind. Part of the Flames’ lack of offense comes down to them defending a lead, but it was still a strong overall showing. Toronto also had a high proportion of controlled entries, especially for a road game — again down to them chasing for so much of the game.
Toronto were the only team generating chances in the second half of the game, dominating 10-1. However, the Flames did have a good lead by that point, and the Leafs did struggle to generate much in the last ten minutes of the game, getting only one ES chance in that time.
|1||18:39||0||0||Cgy||Hudler from loose puck||ES||2||15||24||33||34||44||1||5||7||8||24||60|
|1||17:29||0||0||Tor||Komarov wide from giveaway||ES||2||34||40||43||44||47||1||4||18||27||29||52|
|1||16:44||0||0||Cgy||Frolik deflects Smid shot wide||ES||16||26||32||34||44||46||1||11||15||33||67||93|
|1||15:24||0||0||Tor||Grabner from loose puck||ES||20||34||40||43||47||52||1||5||7||24||60||79|
|1||13:40||0||0||Cgy||Frolik from Bennett||ES||2||16||26||32||34||44||1||4||11||33||67||93|
|1||09:20||0||0||Cgy||GOAL! Granlund drives||PP||15||24||32||34||44||47||1||5||7||60||67|
|1||08:32||0||1||Tor||Boyes from loose puck||PP||25||28||33||34||43||51||1||7||29||60||67|
|1||08:26||0||1||Tor||GOAL! Holland deflects Corrado shot||PP||2||15||20||24||34||43||1||5||7||11||16|
|1||06:03||1||1||Cgy||Bennett from Giordano||ES||34||40||44||47||52||56||1||5||11||27||67||93|
|1||06:01||1||1||Cgy||Frolik wide from loose puck||ES||34||40||44||47||52||56||1||5||11||27||67||93|
|1||04:47||1||1||Tor||Kadri from loose puck||ES||2||34||40||43||44||47||1||5||7||11||67||93|
|1||02:33||1||1||Tor||Parenteau from Froese||ES||15||20||24||34||51||56||1||15||18||29||52||67|
|1||01:57||1||1||Cgy||GOAL! Backlund deflects Hamilton shot||SH||2||16||34||40||46||1||5||11||27||79||93|
|1||00:33||1||2||Tor||Holland drives post||ES||15||20||24||34||46||56||1||4||8||18||27||67|
|2||16:24||1||2||Tor||Froese from Winnik||ES||16||26||34||44||52||56||1||5||7||19||60||93|
|2||15:54||1||2||Cgy||GOAL! Ferland from Colborne||ES||20||34||40||43||47||52||1||4||7||8||11||79|
|2||15:13||1||3||Tor||Boyes from loose puck||ES||25||28||34||46||51||56||1||4||18||19||27||52|
|2||13:19||1||3||Cgy||Frolik from Hamilton||ES||15||24||34||44||51||1||4||16||27||67|
|2||09:23||1||3||Tor||Parenteau from loose puck||ES||15||24||33||34||46||51||1||5||7||11||67||93|
|2||03:34||1||4||Tor||Boyes from Winnik||ES||2||16||26||28||34||44||1||4||11||27||67||93|
|2||02:43||1||4||Tor||GOAL! Leivo drives||ES||20||25||32||34||52||56||1||8||15||19||29||60|
|3||19:36||2||4||Cgy||Backlund from Bennett||ES||2||34||40||43||44||47||1||5||7||11||67||93|
|3||17:29||2||4||Tor||Holland from rebound||ES||15||20||24||34||52||56||1||8||15||19||29||60|
|3||11:23||2||4||Tor||GOAL! Gardiner drives||ES||26||28||33||34||46||51||1||11||15||29||67||93|
|3||10:17||3||4||Tor||Holland from rebound||ES||15||24||33||34||46||51||1||4||8||16||27||79|
|3||02:23||3||4||Tor||Arcobello deflects Rielly shot wide||ES||2||15||24||33||34||44||1||4||8||27||60||67|
Leafs Player Data
There were some very strong chance numbers from a couple of lines in this game, led by Peter Holland and P.A. Parenteau, who played mostly with Mark Arcobello on the second line. Parenteau and Holland were both on for seven ES chances, and they had excellent controlled entry numbers.
Byron Froese also had a great night, as did Rich Clune and Brad Boyes, who made for a solid bottom six line. The top line was close to even, as Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov mostly matched against the Backlund line. They were one of the worst lines at preventing controlled entries, but generated plenty themselves.
Frank Corrado has had a strong run of late, and looks poised to take on a lot more minutes without Phaneuf. That proved to be the case tonight, and he and Martin Marincin formed an effective bottom pairing. Corrado was also given some time with Jake Gardiner, and that pairing also worked well. Gardiner was normally playing with Roman Polak; they were the best of the pairings, both finishing clearly in the positive. Morgan Rielly was the only defenseman to finish below even after some early struggles, as Mike Babcock continued to use that pairing against the opponent’s top line.