Written by Jack Wilson, CNN
The Toronto Maple Leafs set a franchise record for most goals in a regular season game in a 7-5 win over the Florida Panthers Wednesday night.
The 5.8 shots on goal was a season high for the team, while the incredible 29 shots in the first period is also a season high.
After the Panthers scored two goals within the first five minutes, the Maple Leafs had won six straight games prior to the Wednesday night loss.
Thursday marked the first time the Maple Leafs have lost two games in a row in the regular season since Dec. 18-19 of last season.
While Toronto have hit their best stretch of the season, it has not seemed to faze them at all as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 earlier in the week and also edged the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime.
The Maple Leafs are second in the Atlantic Division to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lead the league in scoring with 4.76 goals per game.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have allowed 3.06 goals per game.
After Thursday’s loss to the Maple Leafs the Panthers, a team that isn’t expected to fare well for a playoff spot, are now only two points out of the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs outplaying the Panthers last night it’s time to take a look at their offensive players and take a look at their upcoming schedule.
According to Michael Fineschi, senior writer for Hockey Fights Cancer, the Maple Leafs are 5-0 when ranked among the top three teams in shots on goal or on the scoresheet in a game this season. When the team is ranked outside the top three or four in shots on goal or the onscoresheet, the Leafs are 4-6-1.
According to Jerry Crabtree, a scout for TSN National Hockey Writer Rick Nash of NBC Sports:
“So, unless they have a heck of a collapse by Monday, it should be that fun. It’s about as simple as it can get. Toronto is just as quick as they’ve ever been, their defense is much better and, well, they’ve got three big, fast scorers up front.”
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