Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning - TAMPA, FL - APRIL 8
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 8: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning has his shot blocked by Tim Gleason #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs while goalie James Reimer #34 attempts to make a save during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 8, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

I mostly watched this one with my eyes half glazed over, dozing in and out of consciousness, with a smell of burnt toast lingering, symbolizing the end of the Randy Carlyle era (fell asleep with something in the toaster.. BOBBY!). This was a dead team skating, one not worthy of much analysis on this night.

Phaneuf and Gleason together on a pairing looked about as we expected before the night (not good), while Carl Gunnarsson moving to the right side seemed to only exacerbate his recent struggles (he backed right off and didn’t seem sure with his stick on the 1-0 goal by Johnson). When Carlyle could get his match ups, with Dave Bolland out of the lineup, he went with the top line head to head against the Stamkos line. It wasn’t pretty. Whether against the top line or not, Stamkos was left alarmingly open on several occasions, including the shot that led to Tampa’s 2-0 PP goal (they sealed it with an empty netter).

The Leafs for their part were shut out, but not for a lack of Phil Kessel scoring opportunities. Kessel couldn’t bear down and his body language looked utterly defeated.

Carter Ashton played fairly well in this game, bringing some energy on the forecheck and cycle, with one decent jam-play scoring opportunity from the side of the net that nearly led to his first ever NHL goal. It would be nice to see Ashton stay in the 12-14 minute range in the final two games to see if he can get himself his first goal before joining the Marlies for the playoffs. Kadri, Clarkson and Ashton as a line had a few moments and is worth leaving together next game, but we’ll see what Carlyle does.

Nazem Kadri was the only forward of note among the regulars on this night. There was visible jump in his step and he led a number of good breakouts and zone entries on his own, looking generally dangerous throughout.

Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly both dazzled at points, trying to press for some offense. In the end, though, the Leafs went silently into the night along with any remaining playoff hopes.

Fenwick chart for 2014-04-08 Maple Leafs 0 at Lightning 2 - 17-41 3rd

Photo: Extraskater.com
Photo: Extraskater.com

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Boxscore

TAMPA BAY            
GOALIEDEC.SHOTSSAVESSAVE %MIN.
Ben Bishop (37-14-7)3315:43
Anders Lindback (6-12-2)W2525154:17
PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
Eric Brewer0021:47110002100
J.T. Brown0013:43020000100
Ryan Callahan0016:50040002110
Matthew Carle0024:28022000110
Valtteri Filppula0017:031001860000
Radko Gudas0122:26130006101
Victor Hedman1225:13220003330
Tyler Johnson0018:181407100000
Alex Killorn0015:08112002201
Nikita Kucherov0012:35030000100
Ondrej Palat2017:44230001021
Richard Panik0010:56020000010
Teddy Purcell0010:45020000010
Tom Pyatt0011:47000851000
Sami Salo007:51000001200
Steven Stamkos0116:06130220010
Andrej Sustr0018:10002000100
Nate Thompson0013:10020451020
TORONTO
GOALIEDEC.SHOTSSAVESSAVE %MIN.
James Reimer (12-15-1)L33310.93959:07
PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
Carter Ashton0012:14010003000
Troy Bodie0013:36012012100
Tyler Bozak0023:30-1109131001
David Clarkson0019:25010102000
Jerry D'Amigo005:07000000000
Cody Franson0020:28000003110
Jake Gardiner0023:57-250001310
Tim Gleason0015:53010002200
Carl Gunnarsson0017:35-100002101
Nazem Kadri0018:06-1308100110
Phil Kessel0023:19-230000100
Nikolai Kulemin0013:32000271000
Jay McClement008:45010880000
Colton Orr004:24000002000
Dion Phaneuf0021:18010001100
Mason Raymond0016:08-130000010
Morgan Rielly0020:49-110000101
James van Riemsdyk0022:40-260000020
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Boxscore
  • Habskilla

    Kind of forgot the Leafs were playing today to be totally honest.

  • rustynail

    fire Randy

  • sniperstar

    You are too generous. Giving the offence 1%.

  • Gozo

    I don’t believe that Kessel said “I need to play better”……….When? Does he knows the season is over?

  • Shift_Disturber1

    jesus I certainly hope not as  Coach of this team. 
    https://twitter.com/markhmasters

    https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/453737169929003008

    Carlyle doesn’t have answers
    right now as to why this happened; says lots of questions & prodding
    will take place over coming days, weeks

  • lukethenuke

    Give me the following and ill be happy.
    JVR Stastny Kessel
    Lupul Bozak Leivo or forward for franson and Reimer
    Ashton Kadri Clarkson
    Damigo Boyle Broll/ Devane
    .
    Phaneuf Gardiner
    Rielly Gunner
    Gleason Ranger
    Macwilliam/ another Marlie ready to knock Gleason or Ranger out
    .
    Bernier .
    .
    It would be so clutch to get Stastny this summer either by trading for rights or FA

  • lukethenuke

    Oh and new coach preferably Boucher or Trotz

  • lukethenuke

    Then look for a Kadri/ Holland+ for good pwer winger for the second line and the one not traded can play 3rd line

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Gozohttps://twitter.com/mirtle

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/453727991399342081

    Kessel: “I haven’t been good
    enough the last 15 games. I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down, lot
    of Leafs fans. Pretty disappointing.”

  • Gozo

    It sounds like Caryle will be there next season…..he said ” I’m sure we’ re going to sped lots of time to analyze to what happened

  • Cloud09

    https://twitter.com/warwalker https://twitter.com/warwalker/status/453738422839296001
    Maybe the Leafs’ “compete level” is right next to the black box on that MH370 flight. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23firecarlyle&src=hash

  • Xxxxxnew

    Not sure trotz would do well in Toronto.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Gozo  
    Or he could be living in denial.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan GozoI hope it’s more for personal curiosity than as Head Coach of the Leafs

  • Xxxxxnew

    I don’t know if I could look at Boucher behind the Leafs bench.

  • Komas Taberle

    Another embarassing end to a Leaf season, that’s 3 in a row.
    The leadership team must go. Carlyle and his assistants and Phaneuf and his assistants just aint good enough.

  • Cameron19

    Komas Taberle Then we can start bitching about how on Earth we’re going to replace Phaneuf.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Retooling to make the team better is one thing, ripping it apart to punish players and coaches is silly.

  • BBirde

    Shout out to our two boys who got shelled throughout the year and were 2 reasons why we were still in the hunt for a spot in the first place.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Until his third and fourth seasons when he went 46-49 and got his ass canned.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Xxxxxnew  
    True enough but I still want Carlyle gone.  Dion can stay.  Hopefully we will find someone to compliment him.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m not in love with Carlyle but I’m not sure the next coach fares much better after his first year and a half either.

  • BBirde

    Also, for all the flack he takes about his leadership. Kessel is usually the first person who speaks after a heartbreaking loss/bad game. No video of him uploaded. But someone posted a comment he made through Mirtle’s twitter and I believe it speaks volumes about him.

  • Komas Taberle

    Cameron19 Komas Taberle  
    He will be easy to replace

  • Cameron19

    Komas Taberle Cameron19lol

  • Cameron19

    Yea, all those guys out there just waiting to take on the hardest minutes in the entire NHL, bar none, with no support. We’ve just been avoiding adding them for no reason.

  • BBirde

    Cameron19  Eh not worth arguing with him. The best part about the Phanuef haters is they believe that getting rid of him and adding Weber will instantly make our D-core better. Weber is going to be exactly like Phaneuf is right now halfway through the season too. Lack of support is what’s killing Phanuef. Give him a good partner that eats minutes and plays safe. Phaneuf will go back to thriving again.

  • Hammertownleaffan

    BBirde  “Well let me tell you ’bout my beeeeesssst friend”

  • Komas Taberle

    Cameron19  
    He’s a loser, has never ever gotten further than the 1st round and will never ever be a winner.

  • Jay31

    93 people still wanna keep Carlyle eh?

  • Xxxxxnew

    And there’s weber’s contract that runs for another 12 seasons.

  • wiski

    Must win and the fucking pussys couldn’t even muster a goal against their backup, disgusted. spit.

  • TheHawk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBgfhApQs9k

  • Reversethecurse13

    wiski  one pussy, two pussies

  • BBirde

    TheHawk  Won’t lie I had a chuckle.

  • TheHawk

    BBirde TheHawk  I love when the woman is getting consoled after he says the trading Reilly and Gardiner for picks comment

  • barjv01

    Leafs 2014-2015
    FORWARDS
    James Van Riemsdyk
    ($4.250m)
    /
    Tyler Bozak
    ($4.200m)
    /
    Phil Kessel
    ($8.000m)
    Matt Moulson
    ($4.500m)
    /
    Paul Stastny
    ($6.000m)
    /
    David Clarkson
    ($5.250m)
    Carter Ashton
    ($0.900m)
    /
    Peter Holland
    ($1.000m)
    /
    Josh Leivo
    ($0.793m)
    L. Komarov
    ($2.000m)
    /
    Brian Boyle
    ($2.000m)
    /
    Troy Bodie
    ($0.900m)
    Jerry D’Amigo
    ($0.900m)
    /
    David Broll
    ($0.591m)
    DEFENSEMEN
    Morgan Rielly
    ($0.894m)
    /
    Shea Weber
    ($7.857m)
    Carl Gunnarsson
    ($3.150m)
    /
    Dion Phaneuf
    ($7.000m)
    Andrew MacWilliam
    ($0.875m)
    /
    Petter Granberg
    ($0.800m)
    Paul Ranger
    ($1.000m)
    /

    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier
    ($2.900m)
    Drew MacIntyre
    ($0.900m)
    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)

    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)

    ——
    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (estimations for 2014-15)
    SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,659,643; BONUSES: $1,295,000
    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $4,440,357
    Kadri, Lupul, Gardiner, Reimer & Franson used in some combination for Weber

  • Black_Hawk

    Xxxxxnew  just RC with out a ring

  • Bring the Cup Home

    10 fucking things about the leafs moving forward:

    1.  Kessel stays.  Scoring touch like that simply does not grow on trees.  I believe he deeply cares and wants to win.  I believe he’ll be here and a big reason we do when we do.  His contract will look better and better in the next few years as the cap goes up and $9 million becomes the new $8 million.  

    2.  Carlyle goes.  Plain and simple.  The leafs let him down sure, but he’s just gotta go.  He’s at a loss and his systems aren’t being played at all.  Must change coach. 

    3.  Rielly = future Gold.  love this kid.  brightest spot of the season.  just too bad he had to get initiated into what being a true Leaf is all about by enduing a monumental collapse.  

    4.  Franson = bye bye.  Get outta town buddy, and don’t come back.  I’d take Lebda back.  I just don’t like what he brings.  I thought last season he was going to be a HUGE part of our team moving forward, but he lost his mean streak he had started to develop and just plays for the power play.  Buh bye.  

    5.  Bernier = Gold.  He’ll be a big part of why we win and make the playoffs next year.  

    6.  Kadri = ?????   What do we have in Kadri.  Next season will tell us the answer.  For now, we either have a cocky SOB who really isn’t any good or a developing kid ready to take that next step and find CONSISTENCY.  by this time next year we’ll know for sure what type of player he is going to be in this league.

    7.  Leivo is a good hope.  I think he’ll break out next year on the Marlies or even challenge for a spot on the big club out of camp.  i hope he spends one more year with the marlies and gets a point a game down there.  Then comes up and makes an impact the following year.  

    8.  Clarkson = albatross.  If there’s one thing that’ll screw us moving forward, it’s this contract.  you simply can’t afford to pay someone $5.25M in the salary cap era and have that player make ZERO impact on your team.  

    9.  Gardiner = ?????   For comment about him see Kadri, Nazem in point 6 above.  It’s EXACTLY how i feel about jake.  

    10.  Dion.  If there were an option to sign a legit 1C, i’d do it and trade dion for whatever.  without that option, we gotta keep him.  i like his play.  don’t think he deserves the C anymore.  his teams have failed in so many ways it’s embarrassing.  but i do like him as a player and think his contract is fine in the rising cap era ahead.

  • Jay31

    Bring the Cup Home  Gardiner shouldn’t have question marks

  • Bruffins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Kv8Ye1wKQ

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Jay31 Bring the Cup Home
    i’ll agree lumping him in with kadri may be a bit much, but i haven’t seen complete consistency from gardiner for a LONG period of time.  the last half of the season was pretty good.  i hope he still gets better though.

  • wiski

    For anyone left thinking Nonis made the right call: http://t.co/ZuGXgPaOFE (via https://twitter.com/bails85)

  • Black_Hawk

    wiski  hind sight is 20/20, Every one though Clarke should of gone and thought clarkson was an upgrade.

  • wiski

    Black_Hawk wiski  I know it is and he fucked up big time. 😉

  • Hammertownleaffan

    wiski  10 combined assists for Bolland and Clarkson in 81 games…Hall of fame numbers

  • Bruffins

    wiski  
    group 2 has better leadership though 😉

  • wiski

    Hammertownleaffan wiski  Clarkson looked like a beer league guy floating around from what I saw of the game tonight

  • Hammertownleaffan

    wiski Hammertownleaffan  You’re being too kind

  • Bruffins

    okay I get that everybody is upset…. just watch this 20 times like I do
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDjCRpZFWbQ