Game Recap: Game #53, Stars 7 vs. Leafs 1

Game Recap: Game #53, Stars 7 vs. Leafs 1

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Well, they weren’t going to win forever, but this was an emphatic way to end the winning streak.

Ray Ferraro had a pretty good comment as this game got out of control: “In the NHL, if you let off 5-10% one night while the other team plays great, this is what happens.”

Dallas looked pretty good on this night, and made the Leafs pay time and again with their speed and timely, clinical finishing. The Leafs couldn’t get a save to help settle them down, either, from Bernier or Reimer. Mistake, turnover, goal… rinse and repeat. It was one of those nights.

A big factor, to these eyes, how was how ineffectual the Leafs PP was. The Leaf PP repeatedly stunted their own momentum, and gave up a shorthanded goal (4-1 goal) as well as a goal just as the PP expired (2-1 goal). The Stars were extremely aggressive on the half wall, where Kessel sets up shop, and the points, taking away the d to d lane effectively. Dallas put their speed to work on the PK and it gave the Leafs fits. Instead of providing chances to tie it up or get back in the game, the Leafs conceded a couple of crucial goals that sunk them in this game as a direct result of a malfunctioning PP. It’s not like the man advantage has been anything but a major asset to this team all season though, so we’ll just have to flush this one.

The one thing that I’m wondering about is the Leafs’ quantity of blowouts the Leafs have endured this season, and if it is higher than most. To my count, this is the Leafs’ fifth game that was over and done with by half way through the game (Columbus, Vancouver, New York, Dallas, Carolina), and the third in the last three weeks. Not sure if that’s high or not.

The good news is that the Leafs have attempted to pay up on all of their PDO/great goaltending karma in one night.

Flush it and bring it in Winnipeg, for Reimer and Randy.

Leafs-Dallas-Shot-Chart

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars Boxscore

PLAYER
G
A
TOI
+/-
SOG
PIM
FW
FL
HITS
BS
TAKE
GIVE
Carter Ashton0010:52020001110
Troy Bodie0015:43-120013101
Tyler Bozak0014:38-410870000
Cody Franson0021:17-210001100
Jake Gardiner0022:07-230000100
Tim Gleason0018:24-102002100
Carl Gunnarsson0116:30-112000200
Peter Holland0016:26010481020
Nazem Kadri0113:23-1012490001
Phil Kessel0014:03-420000210
Nikolai Kulemin1014:20120002001
Joffrey Lupul0016:57-130000001
Jay McClement0013:58010890000
Colton Orr007:160014003000
Dion Phaneuf0022:02-220001101
Mason Raymond0018:17-110101101
Morgan Rielly0020:02-220000100
James van Riemsdyk0016:15-310001000

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716 comments
Cloud09
Cloud09

Anyone think that a Gunnar+Raymond for Edler deal could ever take place?

Jon5200
Jon5200

not much to be happy about if u LOVE hockey and live in Alberta..................

Jon5200
Jon5200

Oilers about to break Leafs record of 7 seasons not making the playoffs.....this will be their 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mcloki
mcloki

@DeclanK Brutal question by whatever reporter asked this, Just more Muck raking. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@DeclanKVery good. Rarely do we get a glimpse into the machinations of a deal. Interesting stuff.

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@DeclanK Defoe goes from 36,000 capacity stadium to 20,000...i actually thought White Hart lane held more, and that BMO held less...

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiskiYep. Hockey tourney tomorrow. Going to be a looooooooooonnnnnnnnnnng day

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Going to be worse if the Canadian dollar drops.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

They look like they could miss another three or four.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Jon5200 

And to think of all those first overall picks they had during their current run of no playoffs.  We've had no where near the quality picks that they've had (and we had much less to begin with)...yet we are trending upwards.  Shows the difference (incompetence) of Oiler mgt compared to Leaf mgt the last 5 years.

Hat-tip Ingy for the pic.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan@Jon5200 TOTALLY agree.......Leafs have not had near the quality pics Edmonton has and yet we are a ton closer to the promised land than they r.....all that talent up front...ZERO defence....ZERO goaltending= disaster!!!!!!!!!

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @Cameron19 And that's basically the dilemma we're going to be faced with. Paying for guys who are risks in trades, or overpaying them on the market 

djamon
djamon

@Cameron19 I'm not a huge Girardi fan, but that's a tough one. Edler from 2 years ago is a much better player, IMO. But something's wrong with him right now.

I think I'd still prefer Edler, because Girardi probably gets the same 25m.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @Cameron19 Yea, a 5M cap hit is going to be pretty average though. Not a huge deal, especially if we lose a 3M Gunnar in there.

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If you knew you could sign Girardi at 5M, would you bother with Edler?

djamon
djamon

@Cameron19 Van would trade him, but he's got another 25m on his deal. Don't we have enough long term money tied up?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @Cameron19 That's the kind of risk you need to take though.  You're never going to get a guy like him when he's rolling. 

djamon
djamon

@Cameron19 I agree. But Edler is a big red flag for me right now. His play has really fallen off this year.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski@Shift_Disturber1 Convener wont make a call until 7am (which is about the time we need to hit the road)  Should be interesting. It's a no win call either way. ;)

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski@Shift_Disturber1well we're off to a good start 2 of the 3 highways out of here are already closed and the dumps of snow are forecast right through where we need to go LOL..............then the wind........................LOL

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Last I looked on Capgeek Calgary wasn't in too bad shape going into the summer.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Yep. Paying those contracts in US dollars with Canadian dollar revenue.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 @wiski @djamon @Jon5200 And for whomever said Rielly was an easy pick to make; it was a contentious pick at the time and many felt was a huge swing and a miss. 

Carolina has been trying to trade for him ever since. Jim Rutherford was quoted as saying (this season) Rielly is the best player in the 2012 draft. 

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 @wiski @djamon @Jon5200 

Burke doubled the scouting staff from 16-18 to about 30 while he was here. He was instrumental in picks such as Rielly and Percy, whom he pushed to get.

whalz
whalz

Scratched tonight. Not sure if injured or healthy scratch but he has struggled

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @wiski In fact, Gauthier has somehow slowed down even further since returning to the Q. He probably will be a 4th line center in the NHL pretty easily if he's as smart as everyone seems to think he is (and he probably is), but honestly...who cares? 

djamon
djamon

@Cameron19 I'm not saying it discounts it. But it definitely mitigates it. I don't care what Detroit thinks...I've never been impressed with their scouting record either. Biggs was a "Burke guy" all along...he wanted big bodies at the expense of skill. 


Have you been talked off the ledge regrading Gauthier recently?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @Cameron19 That was the guy Detroit wanted too. Scouting teams make mistakes. I think it'sa  bit much to say his record was awful because he traded up for Biggs and signed Hanson. How does signing Hanson discredit the acquistion of Bozak? It was a free swing. 

djamon
djamon

@Cameron19 I'm only responding to another poster who was praising Burke's scouting. I was very happy with Burke's overall performance...how can you not be? But I stand by my opinion that his drafting record is awful. He traded UP to get Biggs for God's sake!


He got us Bozak, which hasn't been terrible. But he whiffed on Hanson, who he was just as high on.

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@djamon@Jon5200Loops and guards for beauchamen trade,,reily,Kadr.,drafts all playing nhl now ok start the debate ,I got more but dont wait for me ,time for bed zzzzzz

djamon
djamon

@Jon5200 I'm only talking about his drafting record...not his overall performance as a GM. I think his drafting was shit. I think his trading was epic. Very few GM's excel at all aspects of the job.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@djamon @Jon5200 I think you're way off the mark here djamon. Burke had nothing to do with scouting while he was here.  He okays the selections of the scouting team. That's about it.  He also brought us Bozak, which is a prospect pick up, and Leivo who has also played in the Chel already. Disappointing picks were Blacker and Ryan. 

djamon
djamon

@Reversethecurse13 Let's see if any of those picks actually turn into functioning NHL'rs. Right now they're only promising players. 

Jon5200
Jon5200

@djamon@Jon5200 U seem hell bent on discounting what Burke has done and just concentrate on the negative?  I wonder why?

djamon
djamon

@Jon5200 Your list would probably have to include Biggs, right?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wendelsfist @djamon @wiski He wanted Brayden Schenn but was not willing to trade the 7th pick to acuqire him. He wanted Kaberle for the 5th overall outright. 

Jon5200
Jon5200

@djamon@wiski EASY?  lol....should i rattle off the list of top 10 pics that have been a bust......lol

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@djamon @Jon5200 well, we shouldn't discount the fact he picked Kadri. Another GM could have picked differently. He picked up D'Amigo, and Blacker which turned into Holland.

And the following year, there was no 1st rounder - and it was a bad haul, though we nabbed Granberg. 

But from 2011 we have Leivo, Percy, and Broll. And he is the one who picked Rielly and Finn. I don't think it has been bad. I'd say average. 

djamon
djamon

@wiski I was just talking about picks outside the lottery. The Kadri and Reilly picks were easy.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Scouting was JFJ's job before they experimented with him as a first time GM I believe. Burkie always gave him credit.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@djamon @Jon5200 

Agreed, but I think there's a at least a couple future NHL'ers on the Marlies picked by Burke (Percy, Finn, Brown,....and the sleeper pick Tonto).

djamon
djamon

@ingy56 He did a GREAT job. Burke has said this many times.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@djamon@Jon5200 thats where u r wrong....u just say 'Burke's drafts'....incorrect......the scouting staff he hired is still there....so its not just while he was President/gm........

djamon
djamon

@Jon5200 Schenn pre-dates Burke. A good scouting department is judged by the number of lower round picks make the club. At this point Burke's 5 drafts have yielded the 19 games D'Amigo has played.

And FACT...the Marlies are NOT stocked with any great prospects. There may be a couple good ones...if you're being generous. 

Burke's strength was trading. His drafting record is still very much up for debate.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

No need to apologize. Cliff traded up to get him.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Schenn wasn't a Burkie pick.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@djamon@Jon5200 i would say that given the FACT that the marlies are stocked with good to great prospects....also pics like connor brown....also, why not top 7 pics?  teams have screwed them up to and i would say Kadri was a good pic....schenn to as he is a good nhler.....all these pics are made with the scouts that Burke hired...........nuff said

djamon
djamon

@Jon5200 Let's judge the scouting when some of Burke's picks actually make the club. And not top 7 picks either.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@wendelsfist@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan@Jon5200 thats 1 thing i give Burke 100% credit for.....when he took over, while the on ice product struggled to improve....he was building an off ice blue chip stucture....management...scouting......support staff etc......he did a GREAT job!!!!