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.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Boxscore
|Ben Bishop (37-14-7)||3||3||1||5:43|
|Anders Lindback (6-12-2)||W||25||25||1||54:17|
|James Reimer (12-15-1)||L||33||31||0.939||59:07|
|James van Riemsdyk||0||0||22:40||-2||6||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
@Belfour20/JB-45 Injured Dion vs. healthy Dion. Hilarious how plus minus was meaningless when it suited you.
was a guy's signature on another site. The team needed wins the whole year, no team depends on 3 players more than the Leafs did
If Phaneuf was hurt and played worse at the start of the year the line would be "If Phaneuf didn't suck so bad early on we would have made it!"
@Belfour20/JB-45 @Bruffins @Cameron19 Most recent stats including the stretch when he was injured: GF ON/60: 3.06(highest on the team D). GF ON/60: 3.06. GF OFF/60: 2.14. GA ON/60: 2.60. GA OFF/60: 2.61.
And that's including the most recent stretch of games. Prior to Feubrary his GA ON/60 was much closer to Gunnarsson's 2.20.
@Belfour20/JB-45 @loomx @Bruffins @Cameron19 I don't know. I don't know of a site with the breakdown of games like that. They probably look pretty awful considering his GA ON/60 was wayyyy lower earlier in the season. It was under 2.20 for sure and probably even lower. Which once again just "coincides" with the time he started missing a ton of practices.
@Pent_House he wont get demoted here. Either stays or fired and joins Burke in Calgary. WOuldnt that be something lol
@Belfour20/JB-45 lol. It looks negatively on Phaneuf - I'm shocked you enjoyed it.
Wow, having finished it, what a terrible article.
"Similarly, wouldn’t fixing the Leafs this off-season be easier if Phaneuf wasn’t under contract?"
Just got in.....Shanahan?.....Guess Tim's pulling out all the stops to keep Bolland in the fold.....Let's Go Mimico! lol :)
@Pent_House His total lack of experience is a bit troubling.
@Cameron19 Never stops you from knowing what they should do...
I dont even care what position he is looking to fill......but to be talking to a guy with zero experience is absolutely crazy....
@Yaknowwhat Yea, I like the idea of Blake better than Shanny. Maybe:
Ambassador of the Maple Leafs: Wayne Gretzky
President of Hockey Operations: Brendan Shanahan
General Manager: Rob Blake
Assistant General Manager: Joe Nieuwendyk
@Pent_House True. And I really hate him as disciplinarian, so that's a plus.
@Pent_House Gotta love testicular fortitude! Its what we had last year and sorely lacking this year.
Seems like the Preds don't like the 13 million bonus payment on the 1st of July.
My answer: Let the Leafs pay
@Great Dane I think the Oilers will not miss that opportunity. Eberle + Schultz + will be very hard to match.
@Cameron19 I am banking on the good relationship between the Leafs and the Preds.
Lupul + Bozak + 1st round pick
@Xxxxxnew It's Bettman, he always brings up his staff members names to fill jobs in the league.
Ok...now lieweki is starting to scare me....what exactly has Shanahan done since he retired to show he knows how to build a hockey team?
This is just stupid on Liewike's part....if we're looking to hire...get an experienced ,knowledgeable executive with a track record of success...not somebody who has basically zero experience in a front office...
@Yaknowwhat Zip, zero, zilch. He won a Cup though you know.
@Yaknowwhat I mean if you want an ex-player to be a figurehead, at least get an ex-Leaf.