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Leafs' Rielly: ‘We’ve got to be way better’

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TSN Toronto Maple Leafs Reporter


TORONTO – There was no good explanation the Maple Leafs could offer for the 7-3 drubbing they took from the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice Thursday night, at least not right away. What is certain is that, in the wake of this third consecutive loss, the Leafs have a long way to go towards becoming the team they want to be.

“It's not what we want. We’re not happy,” said Morgan Rielly. “We have to be much better than we were tonight. And we believe that we're capable of doing that and we have confidence that we’re going to learn from our mistakes and move forward and improve. But we've got to be way better.”

The loss moves Toronto to 2-2-1 to open the season, an inauspicious start that’s been punctuated by the kind of defensive zone errors that cost the Leafs dearly against Tampa. And it didn’t help that Frederik Andersen turned in such a subpar performance as well, stopping only 21 of 28 shots for a .750 save percentage before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson early in the third period.

It was just the second time in his four-season stint with Toronto that Andersen has given up seven goals in a game, the first time coming back on October 25, 2016, also against the Lightning.

“Definitely could have........