Matthew Iaboni March 2, 2010
Air Canada Centre
It was a long night for the Maple Leafs and things went south just 2:51 into the first period. J.S. Giguere coughed up the puck and Chad LaRose had an easy tap in. It didn't get much better in the second.
Only 46 seconds into the period Jussi Jokinen made it 2-0 and the Leafs were never able to get back in the game. The Hurricanes scored two more in the period and that put the nail in the Leafs coffin for the night.
Career game as a Maple Leaf for Jamie Lundmark.
Straight games with at least a point for Jussi Jokinen.
While the Maple Leafs didn't have a great deal of passion or enthusiasm, Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters was by far the best player on the ice. The native of Blyth, Ontario put on a show in front of friends and family.
Peters made 32 saves and playing just his third NHL game, he didn't have any nervousness as he was well positioned and confident running his career record to a perfect 3-0-0. He missed his first shutout by just 4:51.
Playing his first game as a Maple Leaf, Jamie Lundmark was one of the better Maple Leafs on the night.
Although he finished the night a minus one, he had several chances including a good opportunity in the first period when the Leafs were only down a goal. Lundmark finished the night playing 14:35 inlcuding 2:15 on the power play.
The Maple Leafs offence has dried up lately and if it wasn't for a late goal from John Mitchell it would've been two consecutive games that the Leafs were held off the board.
Over the past eight periods (second period of the Sharks game included) the Leafs have been outscored 12-2. The inzone coverage hasn't been there and when you don't have a great deal of goal scorers you need to play good defence to have any chance to win.
Ron Wilson's assessment of the game against Carolina:
"We had a few good chances but because we were so bad in other areas the hockey gods are against you. If you're not competing defensively you won't be rewarded at the other end."
Thursday March 4 @ Bruins 7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)
It could be a very diffierent looking team that is in Boston on Thursday. With the trade deadline taking place on Wednesday, Ron Wilson could have a few new faces in the lineup.
This is the fourth of six meetings between the teams.