Game in 10: Game #11, Blue Jackets 5 vs. Maple Leafs 2

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David Clarkson
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Ugly start to the first leg of the weekend’s back-to-back, and a spoiled debut for David Clarkson, as the Leafs drop to 7-4-0 with a 5-2 loss in Columbus.

  1. The local broadcast crew in Columbus called the first period the Blue Jackets‘ best of the season. Columbus had a huge edge in both shots (16 to 6) and, more importantly, a significant edge in quality scoring chances. It didn’t start out that way, as the the Leafs were playing at a great pace and moving the puck pretty well in the first couple of minutes, really dictating the flow for the first couple of shifts. Five minutes into the game, David Clarkson got drawn into a penalty when backchecking at the defensive blueline. He reached in with the stick, but the Blue Jacket seemed to latch onto his stick to draw the hooking penalty. On the subsequent BJ powerplay, with a ton of traffic in front, a rebound off Bernier’s initial save on a point shot was kicked off the post by Ranger and finished by Ryan Murray. Columbus took over the game for a good five or six minutes after the penalty.
  2. The positive takeaway from the first was the sight of the team in Blue and White actually cycling the puck. Quite bizarre. McClement, Bolland and Clarkson put in three shifts of solid cycling and extended offensive zone time in this period. They had only one good scoring chance out of it, a chance for David Bolland in front, but I had forgotten what that looked like. More time spent in the offensive zone is time spent wearing down the opposition and less time spent defending, at a minimum.
  3. 40 seconds into the 2nd period, JvR jumped on a giveaway in the slot and forced a good save out of Bobrovsky. Bozak found the rebound to the right of the net and sent a great pass to Kessel across the crease for a tap in (you read that right). That’s Kessel’s sixth goal of the season and Bozak’s first even strength primary assist of the season.
  4. The Leafs played a good second period for the most part, finding their rhythm and getting more offensive zone time. The shot count was 8-7 Leafs in the second frame.
  5. For the first ten minutes of the 3rd, the Leafs game was plagued by horrible giveaways. The Leafs struggled to complete passes and seemed to be fighting the puck all over the ice. Bernier held the Leafs in this game.
  6. An awful and costly breakout attempt by the Leafs four minutes into the 3rd – With the Blue Jackets changing, it started with Ranger skating into a dead end and ended in the back of the net off the stick of Marian Gaborik. Questionable decision by Bolland and a giveaway from Franson were also at play there. The Blue Jackets took the lead for good after Gaborik’s goal.
  7. I keep trying to be patient with Ranger, and he was one of many guilty of turnovers on the Leaf blueline tonight, but for me Mark Fraser can’t return to the fold soon enough.
  8. The Leafs seemed on the verge of giving up a shorthanded goal all night; a number of opportunities were coming back the other way with defencemen caught up ice with the man advantage. Sure enough it happened, and the goal stood up as the game winner. With Phaneuf caught behind the play after pinching down for a loop behind the net, Dubinsky took off the other way on a one on one with Cody Franson and roofed it on Bernier short side to make it 3-1 Jackets.
  9. Carlyle cobbled together a line of Orr, Bolland and Raymond with six minutes to go in the third. After Orr sent it to Raymond down the boards, Raymond cut into the slot and found Ranger coming down off the point. Bolland stuffed in a rebound to make things briefly interesting.
  10. On multiple occasions, it seemed  that the Leafs were on the verge of controlling the game only for a penalty, in most cases a far distance away from their net, to kill any momentum that was building. It started in the first with Clarkson’s penalty and continued with the Rielly tripping call in the 2nd, before the Bolland tripping call in the offensive zone with three minutes to go in the third period all but sunk the Leafs after they had pulled within one.
  11. The Blue Jackets iced the game with an empty netter and another goal in garbage time. The empty netter kind of summed up the Leafs’ third period – totally sloppy and out of sync. The Blue Jackets were able to set up into what looked like a powerplay situation and score on the empty net.

Notes on David Clarkson
The first 40 minutes were what I wanted to see from Clarkson in his debut, getting in on the forecheck and hitting players down ice. He was chipping the puck in often and was first in on the forecheck; he’s quite adept at maintaining his speed and either retrieving the puck himself in behind the defence, or angling the defenceman into the boards and holding for the second layer of the forecheck. His line alongside Bolland and McClement had a number of positive shifts in the first 40. Clarkson struggled in the third period with a couple of giveaways. Expectations weren’t too high on my part for his first regular season game, but this was a decent debut game for #71.

Toronto was outshot 36-25 and were a putrid 36% in the faceoff circle.

The Leafs won’t have much time to dwell on this one, as they’re right back at it tomorrow night against a very good team for their second game in under 24 hours (with travel in between). Hard to imagine that gives Joffrey Lupul’s bone bruise enough time to heal.

Randy Carlyle Post Game

Game in 6

Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets Boxscore

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Boxscore Oct. 25th, 2013
Game Sheet            
COLUMBUS STATISTICS
PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
Artem Anisimov0115:53030641110
Cam Atkinson0019:11-160000111
Jared Boll005:03000000000
Blake Comeau009:59020011000
Brandon Dubinsky1121:231301340010
Nick Foligno1115:09032002000
Marian Gaborik1015:32022000001
Boone Jenner0010:48012001001
Ryan Johansen1019:011201291010
Jack Johnson0021:51320001301
Mark Letestu0110:44200620000
Derek MacKenzie0012:03130633010
Ryan Murray1020:01-130001000
Dalton Prout0018:30012002200
David Savard0017:06020002100
Fedor Tyutin0218:11202001000
R.J. Umberger0117:32100101001
James Wisniewski0122:08-130000002
TORONTO STATISTICS
PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
Dave Bolland1019:33-1543120001
Tyler Bozak0115:461009172100
David Clarkson0015:10-142001000
Cody Franson0024:45-200002100
Jake Gardiner0019:11-110000200
Carl Gunnarsson0015:47100001100
Nazem Kadri0016:11-106561100
Phil Kessel1016:29-150000001
Josh Leivo007:15-100000000
Jay McClement0021:17-200351000
Frazer McLaren003:32000001000
Colton Orr005:50110000000
Dion Phaneuf0021:52010002000
Paul Ranger0118:19-110002010
Mason Raymond0118:19120001000
Morgan Rielly0020:20-124000300
Trevor Smith004:20-100242000
James van Riemsdyk0120:48-130100010
GOALIESDEC.SHOTSSAVESSAVE %MIN.
Sergei Bobrovsky (4-5-0)W25230.9259:55:00
Jonathan Bernier (5-4-0)L35310.88659:42:00

Fancy Stats
http://www.extraskater.com/game/2013-10-25-maple-leafs-blue-jackets

  • BPsotka

    I didn’t watch the game because I had an exam, but the game in 6 is up on the leafs’ site just so you know.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    thanks for the breakdown. Still think the ref’s screwed us tonight

  • BPsotka

    On that note, I learned more from this game in 10 than from watching the game in 6.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    BPsotka There’s both there.

  • Wilbur

    I’m with you AB… I like Ranger’s physical presence along the boards and in front of the net but there are too many other parts of his game that leave a lot to be desired. As for Gunnar…I’ve been done with him for over a year now. I know Rielly is young/inexperienced and needs time to acclimate to the NHL game but I’m looking for a top 4 of Rielly/Dion/Gardiner/Franson and Fraser on the bottom pairing. I’d like to see the Leafs go out and get another Fraser type, preferably one with somewhat better skills in the skating department to play the right side.

  • whalz

    Bieksa would be a great fit…Right handed tough as nails dman with a bit of offense.

  • Wilbur

    @whalz That type would be good but he’s now 32 which doesn’t fit with our plans moving forward and the game is starting to pass him by. He’s 32 with a lot of miles on him…

  • mcloki

    Point one should have been that the Blue Jacket game puck was given to the referees.

  • Wilbur

    Besides…I’m not sure 4.6 mill per year for another 2 years after this fits into our cap plans…

  • Wilbur

    mcloki I’m not one to normally take a shot at the officiating but it was poor tonight. Generally, when it’s poor it’s poor all around but it was pretty lopsided in it’s poorness tonight.

  • Gozo

    I start to believe that these are not the players that Carlyle is going to win games.

  • Jay31

    Ranger was absolutely brutal on the first and second goal, and various other parts of the game… yikes

  • Black_Hawk

    fucken sucks we lost

  • Wilbur

    Black_Hawk I’m 46 years old and it still puts me in a bad mood. You’d think I’d have grown up after all these years…

  • Black_Hawk

    Wilbur Black_Hawk bernier made some big saves though

  • Bring the Cup Home

    ranger is simply not an NHL player if you ask me.  we need fraser back badly.  that will help.
    clarkson adds a HUGE dimension to our game.  yeah we lost (badly) tonight, but i loved what i saw in him.  
    we need kulemin and lupul back.  with those two and clarkson in the lineup we will be icing a very solid top 9.  
    rielly had a pretty weak game tonight.  
    i think ultimately this year we’ll see a lupul – kadri – clarkson line that becomes very effective, if we could ever get them all in the lineup at the same time for a while.

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home how was he?

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Black_Hawk Bring the Cup Home  
    who?

  • Leafbites

    Wilbur Black_Hawk I can take the boys losing, but the raping at the hands of the officials just gets me boiling. And it’s been a theme all year.

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk clarkson

  • Black_Hawk

    Leafbites Wilbur Black_Hawk yeah i bet if i acutally watched i would be irate too

  • Bring the Cup Home

    ultimately, when we are truly one of the top teams in the east, we’ll need one of percy or finn (or another young D) to become better than what we have in gunnar and that’ll be when rielly is hitting his stride as well.

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Black_Hawk Bring the Cup Home  
    he was kick ass.  looked fast enough.  works the boards like a champ.  adds a huge (missing) element of more puck control to our game, and a good forecheck.  
    got a game that’s built for the playoffs too.  he’s a big addition to our team.

  • Wilbur

    Bring the Cup Home And Nonis has consistently told us he thinks we’re still about 2 years away. I’m sure part of that is buying some time/keeping expectations at bay but there’s also truth to it.

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk awesome

  • Leafbites

    Black_Hawk Leafbites Wilbur The game management was so obvious– it’s a real problem with the NHL product if you ask me.

  • Wilbur

    Good night all. Time to hit the hay. I think we take the Pens tomorrow night.

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Wilbur Bring the Cup Home  
    i’d say we are about two years away.  we could make some noise earlier, but it’d be an upset.  i think in two years we’ll be a force in the east.  kadri needs to develop into a real good center though for that to happen.

  • Cloud09

    Gonna be fun to watch what happened in that dressing room tonight on 24/7.

  • Cloud09

    Other than that though, a really shity, shity loss.

  • NotInsane

    -Keon- 
    haha, funny.  We need more right-handed d-men and he’s our only right-handed d-man listed on NHL.com

  • 17Forever

    Well Leafs fans !!  Welcome to the 1st  Ref’s game of the year !!!   Rant !! Yell !!  Hell even Bitch but we all know there are at least 10 every season . So chalk it up as numero uno. 
    I have seen NHL Labour strikes more fare than that game tonight.
    Erase, forget and lets Kill some Penguins !!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    good morning MLHS

  • MaxwellHowe

    That was a decisive loss to an inferior team. Penalties are no excuse – most are deserved when you spend the game not skating and just grabbing the other team. RCA needs to settle on some lines hereby cause the boys looked utterly disjointed and confused for most of the game. Except for Phaneuf and Gardiner, defence was shoddy. Even Bernier seemed uninterested.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    CanuckUKinToronto Dangle_My_Berries ya, i didnt feel that we played all that bad, it was only amplified by the fact the ref’s kinda screwed us

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Mind Bomb

    Yaknowwhat Mind Bomb  Morning Yak, hows things down there, any snow yet ?

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe  Morning Max, I am starting to think Carlyle does not have Lines, just suggestions ! Everybody plays with everybody, compete or Colton’s taking your spot lol

  • wendelsfist

    Yaknowwhat I’m not sure yet.  I was pretty annoyed at Carlyle after the first period of the ducks game and then they rallied back and responded after he sat Kessel/Phaneuf on the PP.   Last night they scored twice after he gave shits to Orr and sat forwards on the top 6.  The thing that killed the leafs was too many penalties which ruined the tempo of the game.   I think we need to see a 4 game losing streak and sub 500 team before we can be sure the room is lost.

  • Burtonboy

    Where was the smash and bang McLaren was supposed to provide ………geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

  • Mind Bomb

    Yaknowwhat  I have been thinking about this, and I have been a little Harsh on Gardiner, sometimes I dig Kadri ( Still love em ) and scream at our Defense, but I have to step back and realize these guys are rookies and Journeyman. We may just have to many people learning the NHL game at the same time. I would imagine RC is pulling what hair he has left out !.  I do believe a little more NHL savy and we would have won that game last night. Kadri started early with the  why me’s on the Ref, he has to learn to shut his mouth, they picked on him all night. 
     I think Lups and Kulie will help big time when we are healthy

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy  He did free up Orr to be more offensive though :)))

    Morning BB

  • Mind Bomb

    Yaknowwhat Mind Bomb Amen !

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Morning and Ugh lol

  • Wilbur

    Yaknowwhat wendelsfist I don’t think he has lost the room at all and I don’t think anyone is tuning him out.

  • Burtonboy

    Why did he break up Clarkson ,Bolland and McCLement ?

  • Loric76

    Yaknowwhat Burtonboy KHL

  • Loric76

    morning gang

  • Mind Bomb

    Loric76 Yaknowwhat Burtonboy Perfect lol :)

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Yaknowwhat Burtonboy A good bit of  it for sure