The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their third straight defeat, this time on the second leg of a back-to-back. The Detroit Red Wings came out with a 3-1 victory.
Andreas Borgman was the only Leafs player to score a goal, which happened to be set up by the team's 4th line.
Mike Babcock felt he got his best performance from said fourth line - the rest of the team ran dry for a second straight night.
Tyler Bozak spoke post-game about what's going on with the team and why they can't seem to score anymore, and his response was laced with nothing but an excuse.
The team has proven itself capable of playing and winning without Auston Matthews, so this excuse doesn't exactly fly. They have several talented and skilled scorers who are not doing the job, and while Matthews provides a ton of offense, he isn't the only player on the team capable of it.
Bozak himself only has 6 goals this season, while Nylander and Marner have 5 and 2 respectively. James van Riemsdyk leads the team in goals with 15 and hasn't been able to solve goaltenders recently in Matthews' absence.
This is on the team as a whole, not on Matthews' absence.