Game Recap: Game #53, Stars 7 vs. Leafs 1

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DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 23: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period at American Airlines Center on January 23, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Well, they weren’t going to win forever, but this was an emphatic way to end the winning streak.

Ray Ferraro had a pretty good comment as this game got out of control: “In the NHL, if you let off 5-10% one night while the other team plays great, this is what happens.”

Dallas looked pretty good on this night, and made the Leafs pay time and again with their speed and timely, clinical finishing. The Leafs couldn’t get a save to help settle them down, either, from Bernier or Reimer. Mistake, turnover, goal… rinse and repeat. It was one of those nights.

A big factor, to these eyes, how was how ineffectual the Leafs PP was. The Leaf PP repeatedly stunted their own momentum, and gave up a shorthanded goal (4-1 goal) as well as a goal just as the PP expired (2-1 goal). The Stars were extremely aggressive on the half wall, where Kessel sets up shop, and the points, taking away the d to d lane effectively. Dallas put their speed to work on the PK and it gave the Leafs fits. Instead of providing chances to tie it up or get back in the game, the Leafs conceded a couple of crucial goals that sunk them in this game as a direct result of a malfunctioning PP. It’s not like the man advantage has been anything but a major asset to this team all season though, so we’ll just have to flush this one.

The one thing that I’m wondering about is the Leafs’ quantity of blowouts the Leafs have endured this season, and if it is higher than most. To my count, this is the Leafs’ fifth game that was over and done with by half way through the game (Columbus, Vancouver, New York, Dallas, Carolina), and the third in the last three weeks. Not sure if that’s high or not.

The good news is that the Leafs have attempted to pay up on all of their PDO/great goaltending karma in one night.

Flush it and bring it in Winnipeg, for Reimer and Randy.

Leafs-Dallas-Shot-Chart

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars Boxscore

PLAYERGATOI+/-SOGPIMFWFLHITSBSTAKEGIVE
Carter Ashton0010:52020001110
Troy Bodie0015:43-120013101
Tyler Bozak0014:38-410870000
Cody Franson0021:17-210001100
Jake Gardiner0022:07-230000100
Tim Gleason0018:24-102002100
Carl Gunnarsson0116:30-112000200
Peter Holland0016:26010481020
Nazem Kadri0113:23-1012490001
Phil Kessel0014:03-420000210
Nikolai Kulemin1014:20120002001
Joffrey Lupul0016:57-130000001
Jay McClement0013:58010890000
Colton Orr007:160014003000
Dion Phaneuf0022:02-220001101
Mason Raymond0018:17-110101101
Morgan Rielly0020:02-220000100
James van Riemsdyk0016:15-310001000

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  • Alec Brownscombe
  • Ydargo

    Just a stinker tonight………no real positives
    On to Winnipeg

  • Gabe_VR

    The score and the teams play just makes it hard to shrug off…. for me anyway.  If there’s such thing as a “good” loss, this was not one of them.

  • sniperstar

    This is all the fans faults! We all wanted 7 and the Leafs gave it to us.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/426569978368638976
    Reimer: “It sucks & all of us are pretty disappointed”

  • Ydargo

    It’s hard to shrug it off ( I’m drinking scotch because of the game)…….given how streaky this team is, mental toughness from us (the fans) will allow us to keep our sanity

  • wiski

    Not nice seeing all those G’s on home plate

  • Shafty

    As bad as it was to watch on tv, consider yourself lucky that you didn’t drive 300 miles to watch in person like I did.

  • Burtonboy

    Ok prediction time . Leafs will win the next 3

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    https://twitter.com/DNKerin/status/426560893267505152