Leafs Head Coach Issues Crucial Statement on Ex-Bruin

Published October 27, 2023 at 10:15 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
The Toronto Maple Leafs resumed their road success last night in Texas, securing a convincing 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars. Goaltender Joseph Woll played a pivotal role with 31 crucial saves, while experienced defenseman Morgan Rielly notched a goal and an assist. Not to be overlooked, gritty forward Tyler Bertuzzi also made his mark on the scoresheet.

As for Bertuzzi, he made an intriguing decision during the summer, opting for a one-year "prove-it" deal with the Leafs despite earlier indications of a desire for a long-term contract. Bertuzzi had previously shone as a key player for the Boston Bruins during their captivating seven-game playoff series against the Florida Panthers.

Following the game, Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe held nothing back in his admiration for Bertuzzi's performance, describing it as his finest in a Toronto uniform.

"I thought it was his best game," Keefe affirmed. "I did. It has been coming."



Keefe lauded Bertuzzi's subtle contributions, emphasizing his role in sustaining plays and creating opportunities for his linemates. While his efforts might not always translate to points on the board, Bertuzzi's dedication had not gone unnoticed. Keefe also highlighted the improved quality of his skating and his active involvement in the game, which culminated in a well-deserved power-play goal.

Now, Bertuzzi and the Leafs have their sights set on maintaining their momentum as they prepare to face the Nashville Predators this Saturday night, a team led by former Leafs forward Ryan O'Reilly.

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