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.
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Oilers about to break Leafs record of 7 seasons not making the playoffs.....this will be their 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@DeclanK Brutal question by whatever reporter asked this, Just more Muck raking.
@DeclanKVery good. Rarely do we get a glimpse into the machinations of a deal. Interesting stuff.
@DeclanK Defoe goes from 36,000 capacity stadium to 20,000...i actually thought White Hart lane held more, and that BMO held less...
@Cloud09 how are we supposed to know lol
@wiskiYep. Hockey tourney tomorrow. Going to be a looooooooooonnnnnnnnnnng day
@wiski Riders on the storm....Riders on the storm.....Riders on the storm....
@Jon5200 wow...3-0 Phx over Edm...by the end of the 1st! That's a bold move, MacT!
@Xxxxxnew its already dropped a bunch
@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 Van would trade him, but he's got another 25m on his deal. Don't we have enough long term money tied up?
@Cameron19 I agree. But Edler is a big red flag for me right now. His play has really fallen off this year.
@Xxxxxnew Burke and Mctavish should clean house of contracts.
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.
@wiski That's a fair point.
@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 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.
@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.
@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.
@Reversethecurse13 Let's see if any of those picks actually turn into functioning NHL'rs. Right now they're only promising players.
@Jon5200 Your list would probably have to include Biggs, right?
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.
@wiski I was just talking about picks outside the lottery. The Kadri and Reilly picks were easy.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I hope so. He did draft a lot of d-men, and they take much longer to develop.
Scouting was JFJ's job before they experimented with him as a first time GM I believe. Burkie always gave him credit.
@Jon5200 Let's see what the first post-Burke draft yields us. Burke was in charge from 09-13...and a quick look at those drafts is depressing to say the least.
@ingy56 He did a GREAT job. Burke has said this many times.
@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 he was a Burke trade.....lol
@Xxxxxnew correct...my bad
@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
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan He was huge for this franchise...no doubt.
@Jon5200 Let's judge the scouting when some of Burke's picks actually make the club. And not top 7 picks either.