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

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

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
Review overview
Offence - 1 %
Defence - 40 %
Goaltending - 75 %
Special Teams - 10 %
Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
1195 comments
Bruffins
Bruffins

the Leafs' play over the last 20 games > Livefyre

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Just got in.....Shanahan?.....Guess Tim's pulling out all the stops to keep Bolland in the fold.....Let's Go Mimico! lol  :)

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

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
Yaknowwhat

Shanahan or Nonis? Thats not even close....Nonis all day long....this is boggling news...

Cameron19
Cameron19

So how do you guys think Calgary is going to like the Burke/Nonis duo?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Could be it's Shanahan putting feelers out for a new job.

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

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?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Belfour20/JB-45  Injured Dion vs. healthy Dion. Hilarious how plus minus was meaningless when it suited you. 

Luke_R
Luke_R

@Pent_House  he wont get demoted here.  Either stays or fired and joins Burke in Calgary.  WOuldnt that be something lol

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Belfour20/JB-45  

"Similarly, wouldn’t fixing the Leafs this off-season be easier if Phaneuf wasn’t under contract?"

LOL

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Belfour20/JB-45  lol. It looks negatively on Phaneuf - I'm shocked you enjoyed it. 

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Wow, having finished it, what a terrible article. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Yaknowwhat  Yea, I like the idea of Blake better than Shanny. Maybe:

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Ambassador of the Maple Leafs: Wayne Gretzky

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President of Hockey Operations: Brendan Shanahan

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General Manager: Rob Blake

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Assistant General Manager: Joe Nieuwendyk


LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Pent_House Gotta love testicular fortitude! Its what we had last year and sorely lacking this year.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Great Dane  I think the Oilers will not miss that opportunity. Eberle + Schultz + will be very hard to match. 

ingy56
ingy56

@Xxxxxnew  It's Bettman, he always brings up his staff members names to fill jobs in the league. 

ingy56
ingy56

@Cameron19 @Yaknowwhat  I'm also wondering if Hextall isn't being considered too, Wickie's LA connections being what they are. 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Cameron19 I am banking on the good relationship between the Leafs and the Preds.

Lupul + Bozak + 1st round pick

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Multiple reporter tweets. None actually saying GM position.

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

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...

loomx
loomx

@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. 

loomx
loomx

@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.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Belfour20/JB-45 @Bruffins @Cameron19  

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!"

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Belfour20/JB-45 @Bruffins @Cameron19  

When Phaneuf is on the ice:
Team scores: 2.75 goals/60 minutes 
Team allows: 1.77 goals/60 minutes
When Phaneuf is off the ice:
Team scores: 1.97 goals/60 minutes
Team allows: 2.72 goals/60 minutes


still got this bad boy saved

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

Yeh....this is just really wierd if you ask me....

ingy56
ingy56

@Yaknowwhat  I mean if you want an ex-player to be a figurehead, at least get an ex-Leaf.