Late goal sinks Leafs effort against the Jets

Jets scorers: Byfuglien (3), Scheifele (5), Burmistrov (2), Little (6)
Leaf scorers: Parenteau (2), Komarov (5)
Goalies: Pavelec (Win), 60:00 minutes played, 24 saves, 2 GA, Reimer (Loss), 58:53 minutes played, 30 saves, 3 GA

After a strong showing on Monday evening against the Dallas Stars that resulted in their first home win of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping they could feed off of their offensive surge as they were set to face the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. After making 43 saves against the Stars on Monday, James Reimer earned another shot in net against the Jets.

But the Leafs didn’t get the start they wanted in the first period and it took Dustin Byfuglien just three minutes to get his team ahead on a soft goal that just squeaked by Reimer. The Leafs didn’t seem discouraged and PA Parenteau tied the game five minutes later. But it wasn’t long before the Jets found themselves ahead again with Mark Scheifele giving his team the go ahead goal before Parenteau’s goal could be announced,

As the second period got underway, the Leafs were anxious to tie the game and had several chances as the period progressed. Just as the game reached the halfway point, Leo Komarov tied it for the Leafs at 2-2.

With the game being wide open as it headed into the final period, both teams were trading chances, but the Leafs appeared to be losing their momentum as they took their second delay of game penalty. It seemed like the game would need extra time to determine a winner as the final minutes wound down, but Alexander Burmistrov made it 3-2 Jets with less than five minutes remaining. The Leafs pulled Reimer with the hopes of tying the game yet again, but Brian Little scored an empty-netter just seconds later, giving his team the 4-2 win.

Reimer spoke to the media after the game about his team’s effort despite the late goal that prevented the Leafs from gaining at least one point.

“I thought, honestly, we played a really good game. Probably a game that we deserved two points or one point, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I thought we played a solid game. They kind of caught a lucky break there at the end, you got a guy coming out of the box and that’s the game. I thought we played a great game.”

The Leafs will face off against the Detroit Red Wings at the ACC on Friday.