However this game was not the close affair we have been used to. Toronto came out on Ottawa's ice and handed them a big 5-0 loss. A win that for Toronto gave them a valuable two points in the tight Eastern Conference, and more importantly drew them even closer to passing Ottawa in the Northeast standings. As The Big JB and I watched the game we saw a lot of different things that could have a big impact on the rest of the season for the Leafs.
The Return of Optimus Reim
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Lupul Sets New Career High In Points
Grabovski Continues Hot Streak
With ten points in his last five games Mikhail Grabovski is on fire. The Leafs are starting to receive some secondary scoring and it couldn't have come at a better time. With the Leafs fighting for a playoff spot they will need all the help they can get.
Kessel Gets Back On Track
Closing The Gap
After the win in Ottawa Toronto now has 60 points. Two points up on Washington for eighth spot, Toronto is still fighting to stay in the playoffs. However Toronto is now only one point behind Ottawa with three games in hand. With a couple more wins Toronto could catch up to the likes of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. They have also closed the gap on Boston to eight points. Other then the losses against Boston, Toronto has played the rest of the league just as Boston. If Toronto can turn it around against the Bruins in the last part of the season, we could see Toronto making some noise in the playoffs.
Information via TSN.ca and mapleleafs.com