It's the game of hockey. That's hockey. Sometimes you lose games you should win.
Toronto had a season-high 56 shots, forcing Georgiev to be at his best throughout. Well, they beat him once - on Kasperi Kapanen's breakaway goal, a rising shot that went in off the post and probably would have beaten just about any goalie in the game.
The Maple Leafs pushed their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens on Saturday to kick off a five-game road swing.
In fact, the Leafs are often scrutinized for giving up too many shots. We have a lot of guys who haven't been (to the playoffs) and we hope that they're going to get a chance to be there.
The changes could have something to do with how Mike Babcock was seen in heated conversation with assistant coach Jim Hiller, who runs the power play, on the bench during Saturday's game in Montreal after those units went 0-for-3.More news: Romo withdraws from Pebble Beach Pro
"I think we played well (against the Jets) but tonight there was a lot of emotion in the game - it was the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Montreal Canadiens", he said of the historic rivals. Their goalie made 55 saves or whatnot.
But 60-plus minutes of compelling hockey between the NHL's two oldest rivals had shown this: the Canadiens can keep pace with an opponent that just a few months ago was believed by many to be far out of their league.
From there, the other power play tries weren't as strong, but the Leafs did attempt to show off some new looks, rotating players differently down low and moving the puck more quickly with more precision. Ten were blocked, 20 missed the net. The game was scoreless through the first two periods before the 'Canes broke the game open with a goal from Will Foegele.
The Rangers are 1-2-1 entering the last leg of their five-game homestand and running out of time to make a playoff push, entering this contest nine points behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Despite being badly outshot, the Rangers took a 2-1 lead after killing off another penalty.
The faults with those stars: So why didn't the Leafs get a better result?
But as has so frequently been the case for Toronto, a defensive miscue, this time by Ron Hainsey, cost them a goal.More news: Michelle Obama Brought the Crowd to Their Feet at the 2019 Grammys
Maple Leafs: Continue six-game trip on Tuesday night at Colorado. He was weak on the Zibanejad goal, and was out of gas on a long shift when he failed to clear the puck on the Rangers' second goal. Pavel Buchnevich led the Rangers with 5 shots on goal while Vladislav Namestnikov added 3 shots on goal. He had three seemingly sure-bet goals denied by Georgiev. "Obviously, we had quality, quality chances". They can beat you 1-on-1, but boy I thought we did a good job clearing the net front out. In saying that, it was a game we'd like to win.
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"It was a special birthday, " Georgiev said. His 55 saves were the second-most by a Rangers goalie in a single game. Mike Richter has the record with 59 on January 31, 1991.
"(Georgiev) made some huge saves", Leafs forward Mitch Marner said.
Andrew Shaw, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens (31-18-7), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
The efforts of Kadri and Nylander didn't turn into points on the scoresheet, but they were among the Leafs' most effective players on an off-night and both boasted possession over 58-percent on the night. John Tavares set up William Nylander's tying goal with 11:25 to play in regulation before potting the victor 2:17 into the extra period. "When you get satisfied with losses, it's not a good sign for your hockey club". Johnsson has now scored in three straight games. And this one had to be the most frustrating of the bunch.More news: Pacers officially add Matthews to roster