Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few

Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few

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I gave up after the 1st, which featured some of the softest defensive play and fundamentally poor defensive coverage we’ve seen from the Leafs since Ron Wilson got fired.

Apparently it didn’t get much better in the 2nd:

 

The Carlyle checklist of nonsense tonight:

Playing Fraser over Gardiner, or at all. Nonsense.
Playing Franson over Gardiner. Nonsense.
Leaving Gleason on the top pair instead of reinserting Gunnarsson. Nonsense.
Playing Ashton 40 seconds in the first period after the call up. Nonsense.

As for the rest of the team, there wasn’t a whole lot to like. Kadri and Lupul did show some jump. This team is showing the telltale sign of an irreversible tailspin – abandoning basic execution and entering full-blown panic-hockey mode. Doubling down on stupid with the roster decisions is just throwing gasoline on an open flame.

 

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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1744 comments
17Forever
17Forever

Well ... right there with ya Alec !! I turned off the NYI game after the 1st and haven't gone back. Figured I would watch my team play when they actually do ... and so far they haven't, ( to say it mildly ). The hardest part to watch I think we can all agree is the lack of effort. After a blow out to the Rangers to come back with this so called level of compete is disgraceful.

I like Carlyle and his style of game I will admit, but this isn't it and I am left scratching my head of late with the decisions managing this team. Across the board !!

 Line up ... Line combos ... Call ups ... Playing time.

The 1st 10 minutes tonight against Washington are going to be very reveling !! 

Lets hope this group can right the ship and start playing some smart Hockey.

Because this has been Unwatchable. 

Sorry Hotstove ... My therapist tells me to get rid of my negativity before I get an ulcer.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Randy's "swarm" system in the D-zone has been compromised....but Randy's too stubborn to change.

rustynail
rustynail

My real question is where are Randy's favourites  that have never been docked ice time or called out etc. Why aren't they leading the way? no loyalty? no balls? 

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

I guess I should just research golf equipment instead of looking at Leafs stats......way more fun !!

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

Its Friday, make it fun tonight...shot glass and beer...


1 shot each to start out if Orr and Mclaren start

1 shot for every time Franson throws a useless hit to pad his stats while vacating the front of the net (where the action is)

1 shot for every offensive zone faceoff McClement takes - an additional shot if it's in the last four minutes of a period and the Leafs are down

1 shot for every 50 foot floater to beat Bernier or a wrap around on Riemer

1 shot for each ill-advised Ranger pinch

1 shot for every Phaneuf miss of the net

1 shot for every Raymond entry of the offensive blueline where he pulls up and gives the puck away

1 shot for every lazy Kadri or Kessel line change

...and 'shotgun' for every Grabo goal!


Might as well get lit up!


Reether
Reether

So last time I posted we were winning. Now we're falling off the cliff. Everyone still on the train? 


But in all seriousness, you have to think something will be done if we lose the next couple games too. The teams play has been embarrassing for a while now and the injury excuse isn't going to cut it anymore. 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Beleafer29 I think I can just make out dlb on board, trying to convince people to rearrange the deck chairs

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@reenergized By the time Wilson was fired the team were well out of the playoffs.  The leafs are still in the race.  

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

If the games goes south fast, and everyone's drunk....AND it's on TSN, there may be some broken TV's 5 mins into the first intermission...for my sake, I hope it's Leafs TV!

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

Shoot, forgot the most glaring one...a shot for every time Clarkson is on his ass!

ingy56
ingy56

@Cosmos1973 1 shot for every rim around the boards that Phil fails to chip out of the zone

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Reether

San Francisco cocksuckers

from one Packers fan to another

eh?  Deadwood anyone?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

There are more games to lose before something is done?  How many more? Is there  amagic number?

rustynail
rustynail

@Greg Fenton @rustynail who hasn't sat or been called out lets see.  JVR, Kessel, Gunnar, Franson, Dion, Lupul,Bernier, Kuli, McC, Raymond, Bozak

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@wendelsfist @reenergized I showed on an earlier post.. over the last 30 games.. this team has less regulation wins than THE WORST LEAF TEAM IN MODERN HISTORY- 1984/85... over similar stretch.. 

The coach needs to be fired.

17Forever
17Forever

@Mind Bomb @ingy56 @Burtonboy and I must admit it bothers me ... Carlyle was not the Coach I wanted after Wilson ... ( Lindy Ruff )  but I have liked what for a short time I saw from the Team under him. Classic  players getting a coach fired ... 

ingy56
ingy56

@17Forever @ingy56 I said earlier today that I was grateful for this place so we can vent. In the 80's we just drank and broke electronics.