Interesting that a lack of practice time and a busy schedule were cited by Randy Carlyle prior to the Christmas break, as this was a disgraceful effort while carrying the rest advantage in a two-game week while the Rangers played the second game of a back to back.
Tim Gleason won’t have to wait long to draw into the lineup.
After one decent chance for JvR on the opening shift, the Rangers were unlucky, twice, not to score the shift after, as Nash just missed with a wide open cage.
Rick Nash was playing on the right wing (left-hand shot) and lining up against Gunnarsson, who was burned twice by him in this game before leaving with a shoulder injury. I’m sure Carlyle would like to have Dion Phaneuf playing against Nash on that wing, as Gunnarsson looked unable to deal with the size and speed.
The Peter Holland, Jerry D’Amigo and Colton Orr fourth line generated a few chances for the Leafs in the early going, before this game quickly devolved into a nightmare.
Hagelin scored a goal on a tip from the right point (Dan Girardi point), which was WIDE OPEN, as Toronto had collapsed well below the hashmarks and the forwards (Mason Raymond) had to take many strides to cover the points, as is tradition. Gardiner for his part gave it away behind the net and then didn’t box out Hagelin effectively, who tipped a goal home from the point shot.
Chris Kreider was buzzing and looked sure to score a few, making a mockery of the Leafs defense (Cody Franson a couple of times throughout the game) with speed on the outside.
Jake Gardiner was also struggling with speed off the rush and his basic defensive responsibilities. Another rush from Nash on the off wing (probably not the matchup that Carlyle wanted) saw Gardner burned around the outside off a poor pivot. Similar to a play involving Brian Boyle, not the fleetest of foot although he is an Underhill understudy, late on in the third period.
The Maple Leafs had a poor frame and showed a lack of effort and attention to detail in their game. Throughout the night they were losing most of their short races to the puck and most of their board battles.
Dominic Moore, of course, made it 2-0 on a low percentage shot from outside the home plate area on a sharp angle, alluding Jonathan Bernier. He’s been fantastic of late, but that’s another one to chalk up to a casual play with his stick.
David Clarkson left the game in the first after blocking a shot with his foot. In related news, Josh Leivo scored a hat trick for the Marlies today.
A better start to the second frame saw Joffrey Lupul go on a breakaway, which he was hooked on to start with followed by a good toe save by Rangers goalie Cam Talbot.
Dion Phaneuf also showed some jump in joining the rush and getting a chance in front.
With Gunnarsson out injured, Phaneuf saw some shifts with both Gardiner and Rielly. It will be interesting to see who he plays with if Gunnarsson is out for any period of time.
The period quickly descended into Toronto standing around and watching New York skate circles around them. Disgraceful effort.
Two quick goals saw Jonathan Bernier pulled. Bernier was peppered not even halfway through the game and deserves an apology from the team.
The ACC had gone completely quiet as Toronto come out flat, yet again. In the long list of bad games, this is one of the worst of the year for Toronto.
There are few — if any – things to count as a positive in this game. Perhaps some shifts of strong play from Morgan Riley, Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and, in limited minutes, Jerry D’Amigo, but that’s about it. This is a team that can’t find any form of consistency and has way too many passengers aboard. I could make a long list of passengers on the evening, but you can do the math from the list above.
This is the 13th time this season the Leafs have allowed 40+ shots (30 per cent of their games).
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 5, 2014
Please insert trade proposals below. Have at it.
Is this RBC commercial a joke? This kid clearly blows at goalie. Parents should be shot for building his confidence like that
Also in case people didn't notice last night, Macarthur scored the OT winner to pull OTT even closer to us in the standings. Hes not good enough for Carlyle though remember.......at only 3.25 fucking mil per
One thing I didn't realize about Gleason till last night is he was out this year mostly because of a concussion. I thought it was just not playing good the whole time. Maybe he has more value then I thought
Bring up Ashton , 10 g in 14 games in the AHL to fill in for Clarkson if he's hurt, or Orr if not
Add Gleason to the lineup for Gunner if hurt, or Franson / GardIner. He will add toughness and is as likely to fight as Orr
This is tinkering around the edges , but it would add 2 players to the lineup that come to play
As poor as Clarksons stats are , he comes to play and we need more players like that. I was happy with the signing but I thought the term sucked. Clarkson, D,Amigo, McL, Phaneuf, Ranger and Rielly show up to play every game. Our Captain, a rookie and 4 role players.
Can we all agree that this is the laziest team we iced in the over 5-6 years we were all on this site? this is just complete embarrassment. The roster is fucked too, I have no clue how to fix it with so many people locked up so long. You can say the defense is not good enough, but the forwards are no better. They all of a sudden cant score, and do not help in the slightest to come back in their own end. Fuck it sucks to be a fan of this team right now
Many of us have seen the Bill Murray movie Ground Hog Day . The disturbing thing about the Leafs , is the way they play the game. The shot barrage against them, the territorial play is generally lop sided . This is a team that is NOT devoid of talent . Their talent level may not be BlackHawk level , but it should be good enough to not give up those embarrassing numbers of shots in so many games . Thankfully I missed last nights debacle , but it just sounds so deja vu (see Ground Hog Day reference above). I have no idea how to fix this mess, and make no mistake, that's what it is. Last nights game is not a departure from how these guys play...it is exactly how they play on many nights , albeit last night was even worse , and the goaltending may have decided to join in with the other 18 , and take the night off. I say they have talent, because given their nightly efforts, with out decent talent, there is no way they could actually win more games than they lose . How do you fix this ? Well, inserting one hard nosed player like Gleason, who is perhaps a slight upgrade on Mark Fraser , wont do it. There needs to be a whole lot of guys looking in the mirror and taking more responsibility, and ya know, this group has not shown an inclination to do that. Rightly or wrongly , I see Carlyle taking the hit here , because as a group, this team just don't have the collective tenacity to win their share of one on one battles on the boards and pay the physical price enough of the time to significantly change things (like those absurd shots on goal ) . Maybe if six or eight guys who play soft ( you could name more ) were moved out , and the same number of guys who play hard , were brought in . I don't know. I wonder if management has any idea what to do. Of course you cant move a bunch of guys...it just does not happen. Carlyle will eventually be let go . In the meantime, get used to the sloppy efforts . Yes, their decent talent level will win some games , but in the end, you need more ...to carry the day .
Gotta love leaf fans *context is someone from FB bashing the Phaneuf re-signing*
Me: "Just gonna point out in a 7-1 drubbing tonight, Phaneuf's partner goes down. Phaneuf ends up with an even rating, Gardiner and Reilly both were a -2 and Franson and Ranger ended up both a -3"
Him: "Big whoop this is the first year since he came to Toronto that his plus/minus is in the even. Hes in a contract year and performing. This guy has been voted the most overrated player in the league. Nothing you say will change my mind until it starts translating into some W's. This is year 5 of the "rebuild" and I have seen nothing in this team other than some improved goaltending. He is the captain of the most high profile NHL team and when they suck he should get the brunt of the whiplash that comes with it."
Leaf fans on the average are almost brain-dead.
this should lighten everyones mood
@Jordan29 lol...reminds me of the Leafs. All their parents should be shot for raising such entitled, spoiled ass kids.
@Zep2 I agree 100%. That's exactly it.
@Jordan29 being out shot this much as a lot to do with effort. You are right on.
@CanuckUKinToronto I don't like Carlyle much but I agree with that last night. From the opening minute you could tell the leafs were compete shit. You might as well save them as much as possible for the next game
@MaxwellHowe I don't like the idea of selling ....people want something for nothing. A good old fashioned trade, or two, may help. But, they are hard to do, given cap restraints etc . I just think that this group of Leafs do not have the collective gut to rise any higher than mid pack .....ie 15th out of 30, roughly . There are a few youngsters who will improve over time , but I still feel the face of this team needs to be nastier. Clarkson is taking heat , but we need more Clarkson mentality, and less Kessel mentality. And if anyone thinks I don't like Kessel, they are wrong. But we need to find a better balance of grit and grace.
@wiski haha AWESOME. Going into the 24/7 all I wanted to see was Kessel/Bozaks place... "bouys... some of this stuff would be so fucking ridiculous to put on the thing... like ... like c'mon... let's be realistic here... don't make us look like idiots" EPIC KESSEL
@wiski I kinda think Jeff Carter is overrated. One-dimensional. It bugs me more that Holland has a similar type game (being not the poor man's, but the Homeless man's Jeff Carter)
I really hope Jeff isn't playing centre still.
@peterbleafs which coach will get a full 60 minutes out of this team?
@mbails no, but the old lady has gone to bed-anyone got links to good porn?
@PEIleafnation That's old news :)