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

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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 4: Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers celebrates a first period goal with teammates during NHL game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs January 4, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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  • mcloki

    I feel sorry for you Declan for having to relive the game in your write up.

  • deedrag

    I second that thought.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Tavares or bust.

  • darthNihilus

    well that was um……….shitty

  • darthNihilus

    feel bad for our goalies

  • darthNihilus

    our defense is……….scary

  • deedrag

    I feel for the goalies again. My kid lost his game today because his team kept giving up the puck. The parents on the other team said to me how can the team keep allowing 3-0 or 4-0 rushes. He tried his ass off but to no avail.

  • darthNihilus

    our forwards are…………awful (shitty defensively and offensively)

  • Burtonboy

    I have to agree with Alter . That was the most defeated I’ve ever seen Carlyle in a presser. Totally lost as to what it takes to motivate theses guys. The simple solution is to fire the coach but the question has to be asked will it make any difference . I have my doubts it would.

  • darthNihilus

    there are 3 people on this team with heart 1. dion phaneuf,  2. tyler bozak and 3. joffrey lupul. pretty hard to believe

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Hbo 24/7 is apparently full of golden Kessel material if it cheers anyone up.  I’ll post clips in the next couple hours.

  • deedrag

    darthNihilus I almost wish they tank the next 2 yrs. so 1) prices come down for the games 2) they get a chance at a real potential superstar 3) And they can get rid of all these bad attitude players and rebuild the team properly.

  • deedrag

    darthNihilus Don’t forget the goalies Darth!

  • deedrag

    Alec Brownscombe Thx!

  • mbails

    wow. glad i slept through my 7am alarm to watch this game…

  • mattobv

    Kadri gards reims 1st for tavares, get it done already
    It’s fairly realistic, he’s not gonna resign there, they will get less value in his contract year

  • LandBruiser

    ^ This please!

  • mr_hanie

    Leafs will bounce back, its the NHL, not a beer league

  • deedrag

    Here’s a little insight! Goalies see everything on the ice and in the dressing room. That’s why Reimer snapped that game and gave RC that stare of Daggers. I bet you any money the goalies have been chirping RC’s ear off about not having guys defend properly or clear shit out. So we can establish its not the goalies but from there on it’s anybody’s guess.

  • mattobv

    For a Norris trophy winner, he hasn’t been able to teach these dman very well.

  • whalz

    Not a chance that happens….maybe Kadri and Reims for Kane ?

  • deedrag

    mattobv Agreed X 100!!!!!

  • LandBruiser

    I would exchange Lupul for Gardiner, but either way…

  • DJBrianBurke

    mattobvCan’t teach skill or speed. Wingers need to be 1000x better on the boards too.

  • deedrag

    whalz HMMMMM? Interesting trade.

  • DJBrianBurke

    whalzI can’t see JT moving either.
    A bit too much for Kane, but then again I don’t like playing GM.

  • whalz

    Yeah just sayin, we need a shakeup either make a decent trade or coaching change,,,,something has to give

  • deedrag

    DJBrianBurkewhalz Maybe Kadri and Franson?

  • whalz

    Well lets see if the leafs can beat the lowly NYI tues, but hey they will be coming off a game the previous eve so maybe déjà vu. Lol

  • Waiting4LSC

    RC’s system is not working with this group, not consistently. There have been flashes, but the belief cannot be there as they keep departing from it. Seems to me RC’s system has to go, or RC (even though it is the players that should go). Will be interesting to see how much house keeping is done at the end of the season. Hard way for Rielly to line, but probably there is benefit.

  • whalz

    An, we have damn issues already, Reims is a western kid and the jets need a goalie

  • Optimustic

    I’m here to speak in the team’s defence tonight.   I plan to do as good of a job as they did in their own defence.

  • hometeem

    Alec Brownscombe much appreciated!

  • hometeem

    movie night 5 min intot the second, its FUCKING SATURDAY NIGHT AND I WATCHED A MOVIE

  • Optimustic

    So did we, it was a horror show that we watched though.

  • hometeem

    hardcore shakeup needed, BIG trade or if no can do at the right price can RC.

  • 1DERYRS

    not gonne lie… I’m real glad I was at the Marlies game tonight and not this one

  • mbails

    i think theres no good way to look at a 7-1 loss but we know we aren’t that team. Same as were not a team capable of embarrassing Chi on a regular basis. we are in the middle. with regular deviance’s from the middle. a 7-1 loss is a team loss. not a defensive loss, not a offensive loss or even a systems loss. anyone who has played knows what its like in a dressing room during a game like that.  We have some glaring recurring problems but we make the playoffs this year. and all in all i do believe we are a team on the rise. we need Bolland back. and our group needs to play together healthy for a while before we can learn to play through injuries/suspensions etc.
    we never got that chance. right out the gate and ever since we haven’t had a full line up. No excuses but teams need to learn to play with each other before they can learn to play without… have faith boys. In Nonis i trust….not so much carlyle but i think we could do worse there as well.
    couple more pieces and we are a team capable of making a run.

    And that my friends is Optimism :)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    mcloki  It was bad. Alec had to fix it, it was blank from half way through the 2nd period onwards. Just turrets based outbursts in unformed sentences.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I want to fire the coach every year until we win the cup.

  • Optimustic

    1DERYRS Marlies game looked good on TV,  I thought Ashton played well.  Brennan made a couple of good plays too.   Was nice to see Holzer score. and Leivo with the hat trick.

  • Burtonboy

    Lupul’s interview is definetly worth watching 

    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console

  • Waiting4LSC

    Solid post good sir!

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/419677106776207360
    Lupul: “It’s embarrassing. Getting booed off the ice first period, second period and the end of the game, and we deserved it.”

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    DJBrianBurke mattobv they need be near the boards. They collapse to the centre and the Dman behind the net rings the puck along the boards and it ends up right on their defenders stick at the blue line and starts their whole play over again. It’s an endless cycle in our end

  • wiski

    This game did not deserve a GIT thanks for the effort boys

  • VictorHoyles

    I can’t ever imagine getting JT in a trade.  To me he’s the most valuable player in the NHL.  He would fetch the most prospects/players/picks in a trade than any other player in the league.  That’s based on two things: JT is a top 5 player in the NHL and makes only $5.5M for several years.

  • WendelGilmour

    The_Polish_CannonDJBrianBurkemattobvI agree with both. They are too far from the boards, but sure need to be better when they do get there.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    deedrag darthNihilus price go down for the games??? the team is been shit for years and the prices continue to rise lol

  • VictorHoyles

    Murph2417 VictorHoyles John Taveras