Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The Toronto Maple Leafs have set a trend for themselves lately.  Winning games by a score of 3 -2.  Is it karma or pure coincidence?  Who knows.After losing to Carolina 4-1 earlier in the week,  the Leafs bounced back, defeating Washington and Winnipeg respectively by that very same score.”I thought we were more involved in the game,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle in a press conference after the game against Washington. Korbinan Holtzer  had a night to remember as he scored his first ever NHL goal during the  game.  ”I thought (Korbinan) Holtzer and Frazer (McLaren) did an excellent job as far as moving the puck back and fourth,” said Carlyle. Ben Scrivens, who was between the  pipes, looked impressive, stopping 24 shots during the game.   He now has a goals against average of 2.70 and a .892 save percentage. James Van Reimsdyk score two goals against Washington In the game against Winnipeg, Toronto was behind for most of it.  ”We were better in the third (period), said Carlyle after the game. Down 2-1, the Leafs scored two unanswered goals with less than five minutes to go in regulation.  Phil Kessel finally scored his first goal of the season with 46 shots on net.  In fact, it was the winning goal. Phil Kessel celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the season. Tyler Bozak racked up two assists and net minder James Reimer stopped 23 shots during the game. One of the biggest problems I’ve seen with the Leafs is the special teams play.  After the game against Washington, they were 27th in the league in power play percentage (12.00%) and 26th on the penalty kill (71.88%). The Leafs improved a little bit in these areas after defeating Winnipeg.  They are now 25th in the league on the power play (12.96%) and 24th on the penalty kill (75.00%). This is not good if the Leafs want to be successful in this shortened season.  They must capitalize on  their power play chances. Nazem Kadri still leads the team in points with nine, but barely as Matt Frattin is one point behind. The Leafs face their longtime rivals tonight, the Montreal Canadiens.    
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