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Maple Leafs’ Sheldon Keefe Admits: Our Game Was a Mess

The Toronto Maple Leafs dominated the first period of Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Things feel apart. How come?

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe didn’t mince words. He said it clearly that his Maple Leafs’ game was simply a mess for the final two periods of his team’s 2-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

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As Keefe Noted: We Had a Lot of Chances – But Nothing

Keefe noted that, ”We didn’t make good on the chances that we earned in the first.” He noted that the game started to get away from his team by the end of the first period. When the roster didn’t capitalize on their many chances in the first 20 minutes, he’s not sure if that led his team to thinking more chances would come or if that discouraged them.

He added, ”We had more than enough offense there in the first to blow this game wide open and didn’t capitalize. Then our game was a mess from there.”

The Game Simply Got Away From the Maple Leafs

Keefe was specifically able to identify where things fell apart. He noted, “I thought through the first period we could have very easily been up at least two or three (to) nothing with some of those point-blank chances that we had and missed. … We had more than enough offense there in the first to blow the game wide open and didn’t capitalize or didn’t go our way. Our game was a mess from there.”

Another Chance Tonight Against the Ottawa Senators

Although the Ottawa Senators are having a tough season, they come into tonight’s game off a win, while the Maple Leafs come into tonight’s game following a loss. The Senators win ended a four-game losing streak, which the Maple Leafs loss halted their four-game win streak.

The Senators and the Maple Leafs begin a three-game series tonight.

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News Update on Jack Campbell

In other news, Keefe let the media know not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the return of goaltender Jack Campbell. While he was on the ice this week, he’s a good week or longer from actually returning.

He won’t be available to the Leafs as they head into a back-to-back against the Sens and in the final two contests of a three-game series.

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