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Game Recap: Game #43, Rangers 7 vs. Leafs 1

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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.

First Period

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.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.

Please insert trade proposals below. Have at it.

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297 comments
Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

I still feel....I don't know what to....FUUUUUUUUCK IT!

Jordan29
Jordan29

Is this RBC commercial a joke? This kid clearly blows at goalie. Parents should be shot for building his confidence like that

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Leafs efforts are indicative of weak/sloppy play.  Not first to the puck and also careless with it... not hungry


http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20142TORSASALL&sort=takeaways&viewName=rtssPlayerStats


Check out that stat and look at giveaways vs takeaways.. only McC and Kule seem to have a good ratio.. most of our players have 10-20 more giveaways than takeways..


Then go look at Chicago... they are more extreme.. but in the opposite direction.. no wonder they are winning.  Hossa is +37 takeaways over giveaways.. Toews and Kane over +15 each

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20142CHISASALL&sort=takeaways&viewName=rtssPlayerStats

Jordan29
Jordan29

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

Jordan29
Jordan29

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

Zep2
Zep2

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 

Zep2
Zep2

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.

Jordan29
Jordan29

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

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Last time I checked McC was actually a 4th line C and pk specialist who had spot third line duty due to injury. Kule has been our third line winger.  How come last night McC and Kule got more EVEN STRENGTH ice time than JVR, Kessel, Raymond (Kule even had more than Lupul).... it wasnt just when we were trailing badly.. this was throughout the whole game and I had noticed it and commented.  Something is up with our coaching ..  Ranger, franson and Gards got more ice time than Dion as well.  

HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

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 . 

NotSince67
NotSince67

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.

wiski
wiski

Now this is a hockey game here in L.A

NotSince67
NotSince67

Sestito... being a clown in the 3rd here.

newkb
newkb

@Jordan29 lol...reminds me of the Leafs.   All their parents should be shot for raising such entitled, spoiled ass kids.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

This is also the reason why we are massively outshot.. giving the puck up.. and not taking it away

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Jordan29 not concussion even.. ear disorder from hit that affected his balance.. so.. actually better as easier to recover.. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Jordan29  Being outshot by double on most nights is evidence enough. Forwards are a huge part of our crappy play in our own end and inability to get shots/chances in the opposition zone.  Our D is ineffective at clearing the zone and has no desire to be physical to clear our net.  This was evident even last year vs Boston in the playoffs when we just left Chara there and they scored 2 in under 2 mins.. enough evidence.  Find one (maybe Gleason?) who would do that?  Clarkson and Bolland were suppose to be the forwards with heart.  Bolland was before injury.  Clarkson I have almost lost any hope of him being effective.

Jordan29
Jordan29

@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

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@MaxwellHowe  The team should not be sellers.. We need to purge a few and shake up the atmosphere.  We are in a playoff position but this team believes they have talent and can win without the effort.  They clearly disagree with the system or the system is flawed.  You are last to the puck, outshot nightly by almost double yet still have a wining record.. that wont continue.  

HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

@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.    

1DERYRS
1DERYRS

@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

NotSince67
NotSince67

@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.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@mbails 

the problem with having two great goalies that I like, I wish Reimer could have played too

Jordan29
Jordan29

@CanuckUKinToronto @Jordan29 Clarkson has done well IMO because hes ben put on the 3rd line and has done just that. Hes pretty much the only guy who gives a shit on this team

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Jordan29 @CanuckUKinToronto  What gets me- I explained how Kadri has been a -11 in the last 8 games and others on the site said so has our other players..well :Lupul -12 this year. Kadri -11, ..

JVR is -3 and Kessel -2.. Kessel had bad plus minus when paired with Lupul.   I think Lupul is the drain defensively and needs a good player- maybe Bolland to be matched with him.


Are there any sites that show shots against per 60 by player as well as shots for?  

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@HeatherRickAkin@MaxwellHowe Oh, the trade market will be there in March.  There will be opportunities to collect a few prospects and picks.  Kulimen, Reimer (set him free), Raymond, GUnnarsson, Kadri, probably Gardiner, maybe Franson.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@NotSince67 @wiski A team can afford one or two carter's if you have other guys that are willing dig pucks out of the corner, lay hits etc.   The problem for a team like the leafs occurs with having a top 6 that are 1 dimensional but with no one willing to take a hit or dig retrieve the puck

mbails
mbails

@wiski @mbails almost like he's taking a jab at them. but he's to nice for that lol

NotSince67
NotSince67

@wendelsfist @NotSince67 @wiski Oh, no doubt. But you have to realize as odd as it sounds, I would knock him as saying "The only thing he does well is shoot pucks past goalies." Unfortunately he's really good at it....

I hate talented guys who aren't complete players.... Waste of talent.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@mbails @wiski I think he's making reference to the fact they're in a football stadium playing hockey.