@SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

@SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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0 points out of 14 in the three-point era NHL is unconscionable, let alone at this time of the season. Even when the Sabres started the season with seven straight losses, they scraped a point out of OT. What is there to say at this point? Even despite all the talk about regression and questions surrounding the sustainability of their earlier success, this is beyond anything that can be easily explained. It’s a total collapse at a time when all the Leafs had to do was scrape out a handful of points to still be in decent shape. It’s ridiculous. It’s hard to imagine anyone feels worse than the players after the position they put themselves in through 67-68 games, but Wow. Wow.

The Leafs play the Red Wings back at home tonight. It’s now at a point where playoffs are unlikely, but what do the Leafs want to be remembered by? Obviously it will be for yet another collapse, but is it going to be 7 games, 8 games, 9 games? 10? What’s going to be the number?

The Leafs have to at least make this interesting rather than disappearing into the off season with their tail between their legs. A win over Detroit, combined with today’s earlier loss by Washington, at least keeps things interesting.

Nothing else is left to be said.

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Time and Space

The reason we've been giving up so many goals while on the PP is that they've figured out how to stop Kessel, you pressure him even if he's up high near the point.

1) Confidence killer.  Detroit scored their first goal when they double-teamed Kessel.  In the immediate vicinity of the puck, there were two Wings on Kessel while Gardiner could only watch hoping Kessel could get the puck to him, those are good odds considering they're down a man.

2) Detroit's 3rd goal was scored because their point man had no pressure from our forward AND they had a man leisurely sun-bathing in front of Bernier for the tip in because our D man left him to try and challenge that point shot. That was 5 vs 5, where's our forward?  Pressure the point and the shot isn't on net or block out the forward and there's no tip-in.

3) You make your luck.  With the Leafs trying to press late in the 3rd, Franson's shot hits a leg.  Why? Because the Wings forward was close enough to pressure and rush his shot.  It's not luck, you increase the chance of pucks going off shin pads when you're face-to-face with the puck handler.

The Leafs need to play better, worry about the officiating later.

Yan28
Yan28

- "Brandon Kozun taking that late penalty, your thoughts?

Spott: "I think, he won't play tomorrow".

Biltmore
Biltmore

MacArthur and Grabo right now combined for 85 points. Bolland and Clarkson combined for 21 points (yes I know Bolland's missed most of the season). 60 odd points down...

Even adding Raymond to Bolland and Clarkson gets their combined total up to 65... that's still 20 missing points. Add in the better defence of MacArthur and Grabo over Raymond and Clarkson, Toronto's not in this position right now if they had kept them. Added insult is six more years of Clarkson who gives us the same production as McClement. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Lupul-Kadri-

Komarov-Bolland-

???-Holland-???


Phaneuf-Reilly

Gardner-


Bernier

???


Let the rest go and trade the others. Trade Clarkson and something back to NJ for Clowe (takes off about two years of the contract). Could even move lupul and kadri really. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

might as well lose the rest of the games now to get a better pick...............dam thats sad, i hoped we wouldnt have to say that for a long time 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Doubt Bolland Re-signs now either 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

even the players seem to be giving up now, at least sounds like lupul in his Post game interview 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

sad that i was not wrong about how tonight turned out 

ingy56
ingy56

Good night folks, these 7 day work weeks suck...Go Marlies!

Wilbur
Wilbur

Man, ANH is a beastly team. Love watching them...

ingy56
ingy56

So the soccer team lost too? I thought Wickie "fixed" them ?

Pazzuzzu
Pazzuzzu

I dont know who it was, but they posted a mapleleaf ship sinking with RC with a gun to his head...gold man...f'n gold!!

Pazzuzzu
Pazzuzzu

these r the players I want...

Ryan Kessler, Ryan Callahan, Tomas Vanek, Milan Lucic, JVR, D.Clarkson, Z.Kassian, J.Bernier, J.Reimer, Weber(nas), Tanev, Sutton, Reilly, Gardiner, Bozak, Bolland, Kulie, Umberger, Clutterbuck, Subban...

GreekGod
GreekGod

not surprised... Vancouver is flopping all over the place

Pazzuzzu
Pazzuzzu

like I say, fire RC, hire Guy LaFleur, then the team can smoke themselves to lung cancer and have cozy feet lol

Pazzuzzu
Pazzuzzu

I can't stop laughing, there is nothing Nonis can do, he so screwed lol

Pazzuzzu
Pazzuzzu

then you can trade kadri

PEIleafnation
PEIleafnation

the leafs need 1 of those Fernandez McGriff trades

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Biltmore Clarkson has totally sucked.. Hopefully under a different coach and a system and role he is advised to play, he will perform like we had hoped.  Grabo and Mac at best would not have improved the club-  you cant look at points (as they play with different line mates).. look at goals.. Grabo has 12 and Mac has 23. If Bolland didnt get hurt, him and Raymond alone would have given you maybe only 7 less.  Maybe it would be Mac that got the injury Bolland got.. who knows.. irrelevant now.. we moved on

GreekGod
GreekGod

Bring in new coach. Clarkson stays. Bring up leivo.... that's as far as I've gotten

Ydargo
Ydargo

We do have quite a few free agents.......besides that I'm even more convinced of the following:

1) Carlyle's time has come

2) Franson needs to be moved

3) Gardiner and Reilly are the future on our backend

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@Black_Hawk  there were people here earlier saying he sucks because he couldn't save this team from itself LOL (many people do not want him re-signed) 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@ingy56

I think the Leafs got "fixed" this season as well...just like my blank shooting he she Golden Doodle

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Pazzuzzu  I suggest you pick up a copy of NHL 14 and make your dreams come true. 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Pazzuzzu  I'm glad you said lol cause that's nuts if for no other reason than the age difference...

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Pazzuzzu  

Fuck no to Burrows... plus he will never put on a Leaf jersey. Said a few years ago, that growing up he hated the Leafs and still does

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@GreekGod  cant believe im suggesting this but shud we jus go for McDavid next year?

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@darthNihilus @Black_Hawk  lol thats hilarious, how could people expect him to be our saviour. I mean he just came back from a big injury. Doubt any one player could of saved our season.

ingy56
ingy56

@Uncle Otis @ingy56  I just hope the hell he stays out of the way. He seems to be like Peddie in that he craves attention, but leave the hockey decisions to the hockey people. 

ingy56
ingy56

@CanuckUKinToronto @ingy56  Awesome, just got in 1/2 hour ago. I put up a picture just down the thread. Steve Howe is quite the guitar player, quite something to see up close. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@GreekGod @Black_Hawk  yeah thats true, i mean i dont want to be like EDM so we should try and build a winning culture. Only reason i suggested it is b/c Things are so depressing right now that its hard to imagine us contending for a playoff spot next year. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Black_Hawk @GreekGod  

If it happens it happens but I would push for the playoffs. One of the many things I agreed with Burke is that you need to have a winning culture. The young players need to learn how to win otherwise they get comfortable with losing and get lazy. This is why I love Gardiner and Rielly right now... those two have seriously put this team on their backs the past 8 games and have really stepped up to try and get this team into the playoffs. That's how you get players to grow and become better.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@ingy56 @Uncle Otis

Blow it up if he see's necessary ...then get the hell out of the way.

The stories of him meddling  with Dustin Brown,Sutter etc bothers me too.