Well they didn’t, and they absolutely crushed the Canucks 5-2 in front of their home crowd Saturday on a night where they rocked their retro jerseys.
“Whenever you get an opportunity to play in the NHL, you’ve got to take advantage of it,” said Arcobello, who was playing his third game since his latest recall from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and 14th this season for the Maple Leafs. “I was lucky enough tonight to get a couple goals and hopefully I can build off it.”
Leipsic was called up with the Marlies who were on the road, but was able to make it for the game. Having failed on an earlier attempt, he batted a loose puck out of the air past Ryan Miller 3:54 into the third period to make it 3-1.
Arcobello would tie it up just 69 seconds later after a Vancouver turnover, beating a screened Miller from the top of the faceoff circle.
Just 17 seconds later Arcobello gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead after having the puck bounce off defensemen Jake Gardiner and right to him in the front of the net for a tap in.
“It’s funny how it goes sometimes,” Arcobello said. “Jake made a great play on the second one. It was easy for me to just bang it in the open net.”
After Leipsic made it 3-1 in the third, the Canucks cut into the lead with Sven Baertschi’s 11th of the year.
With Miller on the bench for an extra attacker in the third period, Beartschi was able to net the games 5th goal to make it a 1 goal game at 18:13.
However that’s as close as the Canucks would get.
In the loss Ryan Miller made 33 saves, and the Canucks fell to 22-21-12 on the year.
For the game the Canucks were outshot badly 38-19 which has been a problem all season long.
“Our game plan was to get after their back end and get pucks deep, work them low,” said Maple Leafs defenseman Frank Corrado. “We talked about foot on the gas pedal, keep going, stay on top of them, get pucks deep and that was our mindset here. Keep coming after them.”
Up next: The Canucks face-off against the Minnesota Wild Monday night in Vancouver.
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