Willie O'Ree broke the league's colour barrier in 1958, and there have been a great deal of firsts considering that then. Rob Pizzo strolls you through 9 trendsetters for Black History Month. 1:52 Toronto is now 7-0-1 over its last 8 to sit atop both the NHL and North Division standings, but head coach Sheldon Keefe was disappointed in his team's performance through 40 minutes." You can't even compare tonight's video game to the very first two,"he said. "Our failure was just to adapt to the video game.

I thought we truly managed the first two video games with the puck."The method they competed and worked and got on top of us made it a lot harder.

"The Leafs were minus gritty winger Wayne Simmonds, who suffered a damaged wrist Saturday and will miss six weeks. Keefe dressed 11 forwards and seven defencemen, which implied sophomore blue-liner Rasmus Sandin saw his first video game action in nearly 11 months due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though Sandin chose up a help on the winner, his coach was second-guessing the relocation of not dressing 12 forwards when he saw how different the visitors looked.

"I was definitely regretting my choice once the video game started," Keefe said. "I liked the reality our guys discovered their method through it."

Holtby, who played successive games for the very first time considering that signing with Vancouver, needed to be sharp early in the 3rd with the rating connected 1-1, flailing his glove at a Rielly shot from the slot as Toronto began to reveal life. The Canucks then exterminated a penalty against the NHL's best power play, however Matthews and Kerfoot ultimately supplied the winning margin.

"They came out a little bit harder than they did the very first 2," Andersen stated. "I'm really pleased with the way [the Leafs] persevered in those 2 periods and didn't begin cheating for offense."

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