The Maple Leafs, playing their third consecutive game without Auston Matthews, sputtered to a 2-0 defeat to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
Toronto was shutout for the first time this season. The team failed to convert on any of its four power play opportunities and was stifled at every turn by the Wild’s suffocating defenders.
Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in the loss.
“Yeah, they’re a strong defensive team,” James van Riemsdyk said to reporters after the game. “It kind of reminded me of a lot of similar stuff they did to us last time. They do a good job of making it tough to get inside and find your way towards their net.”
Toronto looks to avoid being swept on their three-game road trip when it visits Detroit on Friday night.