After a four-month hiatus due to the CoVID pandemic, hockey returned to Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Tuesday night in the team’s only exhibition game prior to their Qualifying Round series against Columbus.

The Good:

  • Ilya Mikheyev opened the scoring at the 33-second mark of the first period, converting a 2-on-1 pass from John Tavares.
  • Alex Kerfoot netted a pair of second period goals, the first one coming off a rebound after Kasperi Kapanen made a terrific shorthanded rush.
  • Kerfoot deflected a Morgan Rielly shot past Carey Price for Toronto’s third tally. 18-year-old Nick Robertson set up Rielly on the play to register an assist.
  • Morgan Rielly chipped in with a shorthanded marker of his own in the third period.
  • Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for the win.

The Bad:

  • Toronto’s defense was caught puck-watching on a bad shift in the third period, and the Habs capitalized.

The Ugly:

  • While the Leafs’ penalty kill excelled, its power play was an anemic 0-for-3 on the night. A unit that boasts the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and Rielly needs to find its rhythm heading into the best-of-5 series versus Columbus that begins Sunday.

Rob Del Mundo is the author of Off The Post, and is a regular columnist at TMLfans.ca.

In 2019, Rob co-wrote with Evan Gubernick “Hockey Addict’s Guide: Toronto”, now available at Chapters and Indigo stores everywhere.