BOSTON — Neither James Reimer nor Jonas Gustavsson had anything approaching answers on Monday night.
“For me, it is tough to point at something right now,” Gustavsson said after the Leafs lost 8-0 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. “When they get momentum, they are a tough team, but we should have had more of answer than that.”
Gustavsson allowed four goals on 15 shots after relieving Reimer in the first period. Reimer gave up four goals on nine shots.
There’s no telling who will be in net when the New York Islanders come to the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. Maybe goaltending consultant Francois Allaire should give it a shot.
The Bruins beat the Leafs all six times they met this season, out-scoring them 36-10. Included was a 7-0 shutout on Nov. 5 in Toronto, which had been the Leafs’ worst loss until Monday night.
“I have never really seen anything like that,” Reimer said of the Bruins’ season-long dominance. “There have been teams in the past that you have seen that are good, and they match up well. I’m not sure why one team has an advantage.”
Even Bruins coach Claude Julien was surprised with the 8-0 victory.
“I don’t think we expected the game to go like that,” Julien said.
The Leafs have nine games remaining. They’re in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the Washington Capitals, who beat Detroit on Monday.