Shark Club Game Day: Game #62, Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Shark Club Game Day: Game #62, Maple Leafs at Canadiens

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Hockey. Night. In Canada, folks. With. Bob. Cole. On the CEEE BEEEE CEEEE.

 

 

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Wilbur
Wilbur

I'm going to piggy back on what Alec mentioned a little while ago. This should be Jay McClement's last year with the Leafs. Too slow, too small, just doesn't bring enough. When we had lesser type players and prior to some of our players developing (i.e. Kessel is now elite, JVR is now an all-star) McClement looked better but now you see him for what he is. Not picking on him but he shouldn't be taking up a roster spot and cap space going forward.

Conis
Conis

PK was all about himself tonight.... absolutely embarassing

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

I never had a chance to focus on the game.  Who stood out?  Who sucked it?

Zep2
Zep2

Waiting 4LSC is right, until this team toughens up mentally, no lead will be safe. In the last minute, Bozak won 2 face offs cleanly. Dion iced the puck with no one within 10 feet oh him, and Phil was Phil and bailed on a puck around the wall .

Hmmm
Hmmm

@ingy56  Apparently, they are only henchmen, there's a higher up telling them how to call the borderline calls.  Not that it's an issue but they didn't bother to tell both teams, just in case one of the teams is used to it being called regularly.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy  Careful now, I'm sure loomy will have a reason for why that's actually the right call. 

ingy56
ingy56

@MaxwellHowe  White sweaters sucked in the first, striped sweaters sucked the rest of the way. 

loomx
loomx

@Burtonboy  And not that you didn't kill off a penalty when you had the lead? The game shouldn't even have gone to OT. This coach has no answers to our problems.

ingy56
ingy56

@Zep2  "90% of this game is 100% mental"

zakimak
zakimak

@Burtonboy Thank you Monsieur Captain for rationalizing defeats.....in other words, we are targeting 92 points which should give us a playoff spot. .500 hockey is all we need to do

ingy56
ingy56

@Burtonboy  Great to look on the bright side but they didn't play a 60 minute game in either of them. These awful starts are just becoming far too regular. Catch-up hockey isn't winning hockey, at least not consistently.

loomx
loomx

@Burtonboy  wow. I'm not even touching this. Two blown leads, one against the Islanders. But gooo team for being .500!

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Burtonboy Good way to look at it since that's how many points you got, just don't think about the points left on the table.

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 @Burtonboy  Thought it was a weaker call now that I watch it again, but if I were Carlyle I'd be more worried about the horrid PK. He seems to not have an answer other than "blarghhh play McClement!"

JR from Halifax
JR from Halifax

He told me it was a black and white call on Gleason....no brainer

Cameron19
Cameron19

@loomx @Burtonboy  It shouldn't have even been a penalty. You're really good at playing this game as long as the only thing you have to do is tear down the Leafs. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@ingy56 @BurtonboyAwful starts and awful ends. Not a recipe for success, especially the playoffs.They need to learn how to close out games.


It's all down to the details. Every thing is getting bigger and means more. Time to tighten up. Win battles and faceoffs. *insert more cliches* :P

Cameron19
Cameron19

@loomx @Burtonboy  He is just doing his job as captain. After the Islanders game he wasn't making excuses and was all about taking responsibility. This was a game we deserved to win, so he's not going to come up with a negative message. Unbelievable that people can't understand these simple and predictable responses. It's like captain-script, but when Phaneuf does it....

Wilbur
Wilbur

@DJBrianBurke @Burtonboy  Gotta stay positive. We sucked in NY and most of the 1st tonight and are still .500 on this trip. Pat Burns: .500 on the road and .650 at home gets you in the playoffs each year.

JR from Halifax
JR from Halifax

It was a clean hit, nothing more.....yet called interference.

ingy56
ingy56

@JR from Halifax  We will see how "black and white " it is. I'm watching two games right now and I bet both have calls like that which get let go. 

ingy56
ingy56

@MaxwellHowe @ingy56  Rielly had a great rush late in the third and just shot wide. Gleason was his normal, steady self. 

loomx
loomx

@djamon @loomx  Then block the shot. Phaneuf just added to the screen. Didn't even try to put his stick in the way. He just stood there. But that shouldn't even be his job. A forward should be there and both were caught too far to the right.

djamon
djamon

@loomx He was running around all over the place trying to find space. His shot was blocked at least twice before the one that went in. If he wants to sit at the blue line you have to let him or you'll leave too much space inside the box. Also, I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to engage the player in front of the net on the PK.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@loomx @djamonI pick the bad calls lol

On a serious note, I'm not crazy about letting point shots through due to lack of coverage, it helped spell the end of our playoff run last year.

djamon
djamon

@DJBrianBurke Yeah...thought so. He had 4 shots on net, the idea that he was "wide open" all game is ridiculous.

loomx
loomx

@djamon @loomx  Fine, let him have the point shots. I'll accept that strategy if you shove the players out from the front of the net and let your goalie see the shot. Phaneuf didn't touch Gallagher and didn't block the shot. Pick one.

djamon
djamon

@loomx They'll let PK shoot from the blue line all he wants...goalies should stop those 99 times out of 100. It's the ones 20' inside the blue line that he wants and we took those away completely. He was very frustrated just before that one snuck in.

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 @loomx @Burtonboy  Last game(or the game before) they had him covered. A player was glued to him at all times. He was WIDE OPEN all game. No excuse.

zakimak
zakimak

@loomx @Cameron19@BurtonboyThey wouldn't have to cover him if the calls weren't made at the get go...Please don't bring KF into this. If only they covered Gretzky in game 7 better we would have beaten montreal

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 @loomx @Burtonboy  They let PK Subban have 2 slapshot chances at the net, didn't cover him even after that, and on the 3rd he scored. How is that not alarming to you over a weak call that was nowhere near Kerry Fraser level.

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 @loomx @Burtonboy  What's the narrative you always hear about puck over the glass or other weak calls? It's usually , "oh well the team knew it was a bad call but they're able to rally around that and kill it off." 


Even if you think the refs are against you, what are you gonna do about it? Sit and cry about the refs or fix your goddamn PK?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@zakimak @Cameron19 @loomx @Burtonboy  Had he said that, people would say he was blaming the refs and should be focused on his own game and yada yada. His job is to set the tone for what needs to happen next, from an attitude perspective. After the Islanders game, we needed a response. After this game, we need to keep spirits high - deserved a win and didn't get it. 

zakimak
zakimak

@Cameron19 @loomx@BurtonboyWould it not be better to say what the whole room is thinking?....representative tends to do that....maybe "we deserve this game the way we came back after some poor play in the first period. Unfortunately some calls went against us. Those were difficult to deal with but we still thought we could overcome it till the end...sometimes I guess we need a little more balance playing field"...just saying


Hmmm
Hmmm

@JR from Halifax  If they cal crap like that, the Leafs will be afraid to hit anyone.  Might as well be a no contact league.