The Toronto Maple Leafs earned two huge points Tuesday night, defeating the Boston Bruins 6-4. However, it was potentially a pyrrhic victory, as the Maple Leafs might have lost another goalie. During the first period, Toronto’s goalie Petr Mrazek was lifted from the game with a groin injury. He had allowed one goal on four shots in 7:44 of game play before exiting.
Petr Mrazek Exits With Groin Injury https://t.co/Q6v8amxdp0
— NHL on Scoreboard Page (@NHLonSP) March 30, 2022
This could be a serious problem for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are already without starting goalie Jack Campbell with a rib injury. He has not played since March 8th. The injury to Campbell prompted the Maple Leafs to go out and sign Mrazek as they were without an experienced goaltender on the roster.
Mrazek initially struggled in goal for Toronto. That led to head coach Sheldon Keefe to call out his goalie. Mrazek responded, turning in back-to-back solid performances for Toronto, both wins. He allowed two goals against both the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers.
After he was forced to leave the game, rookie goalie Erik Kallgren filled in. He allowed three goals on 26 shots in the win. Jason San Antonio was the team’s emergency goalie and will likely be the backup in the short-term. Depending on the severity of Mrazek’s injury, the Maple Leafs might need to look to sign yet another goalie.
Thankfully for Toronto, the offense showed up in a big way Tuesday night at TD Garden. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner each scored a goal in the win.
Toronto pulled two points ahead of Boston in the Atlantic Division, with 89 points. They are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is who they would play if the playoffs started today.