LEAFS POSTGAME – LIGHTNING STRIKES

For this postgame, you are going to see me quote myself. That’s pretty self-involved, but my birthday was yesterday so leave me alone. Yes I am going to milk the birthday thing for another few days.

But let’s be honest, the above tweet is accurate.

THE RUNDOWN

Why was it accurate? Well, the Leafs left the first period up 2-0, while being outshot 15-4. For those not doing the #fancystats at home, that means the Leafs shot 50% in the first period. A quick guess by most fans was that that probably wasn’t going to be sustainable. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. 
That said, their first goal came on the first shot of the night. And it was pretty.

Whew. What a pass by Kadri, who is obviously one of Santo’s little helpers.

The Leafs would add another, and Reimer would hold the fort in the first. He was great tonight. Then, during the first intermission:

Well that nerd loser was right – Tampa stuck with the process and continued their dominance, which led to this:

Hmm and look who scored. They would go on to add one more three minutes later. 

Third period and the game is tied – and it definitely shouldn’t be. This seems like one of those games the Leafs will manage to somehow sneak a victory out of. And actually, the Leafs had their best period, going shot-for-shot with Tampa (both teams with 9) this period. Unfortunately, the percentages caught up with them:

Can’t wait til he’s a Leaf! 

BLUE WARRIOR

James Reimer. In a season where he hasn’t been his best, he came to play tonight – which is even more impressive because it was a back-to-back. 38 saves. He deserved better. 

NOTES

SEE YOU WEDNESDAY

The Leafs head to Boston for a New Year’s Eve tilt against the Bruins. Nice to go into 2015 with a loss. 7:00 PM EST, Sportsnet.
  • Serious Gord

    And unfortunately Carlyle wont be fired for untill the anuall 18 wheeler falls off the cliff ass usual. And Babcock would never come to Toronto so what a out Toronto trades Phaneuph Bozak a second round pick and next years first rounder to Edminton for their first round pick for this upcoming draft and draisitle. Then trade Joffery Lupul to Chicago for Terevanin and

    • Serious Gord

      and Hjalmerson for the defence core that would guarintee the leafs 2 possible top 15 picks in this years draft to possibly draft mcdavid and another solid d-man there the problume is fixed

      • STAN

        Are you really saying Bozak (2nd line center at best), Phaneuf (getting slower and slower every year and having a 7 M$ a year for the next 7 years), a 2nd round pick and a 1st round pick for next year’s draft is equivalent to Edmonton 1st round pick of this year’s draft (so basically McDavid, Eichel or Hanifin) and Draisatl (pick #3 overall in last year’s draft) ???

        Are you saying 31 years old injury prone Joffrey Lupul is equivalent to Teuravainen (a promising 1st round pick of 2012) and Hjalmarsson (a #3 defenseman) ???

        I don’t even think the drug addicts are using what you probably just had.

      • Bertly83

        And they would not trade Hjalmarrson even up for Lupul. Two things. First, learn how to spell. Second, post your inane proposals at
        http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/
        with all the other stupid ideas that show up there.

        Actually, this may be too stupid even for hfboards. Chicago is the best organization in the NHL. Do you think they got to be that way by trading their top prospect along with one of their best defencemen for a bottom six forward. Do you think Lupul could play on either of their top two lines – Hossa, Toews, Saad/Sharp; Kane, Richards (Teravainen next season), Versteeg.

        This is the problem with Leaf fans. Get realistic about this team. There is no short term fix. As bad as Carlyle is, Scotty Bowman in his prime could not do much better with this mess. Shanahan is at the beginning of a 3-5 year process. I am willing to wait – and I hope that he will not feel the pressure to implement a half-assed quick fix.

        You know who I would like to see the Leafs get from Chicago? Their assistant GM – Norm Maciver.

    • Bertly83

      Seriously? Chicago would not trade Teravainen for Lupol. Yes – this is how you build a great team – trade a 20 year old budding superstar for a 31 year old bottom six forward – if Lupol could make Chicago’s bottom six. Patrick Sharp is playing on their third line.

  • Serious Gord

    Great game by Reimer. I guess it would be too much to ask Reimer to not give up another two goal lead every time he plays. But really he is not the problem tonight because the team doesn’t know or understand defence.

  • STAN

    Reimer is not the problem. It’s coaching, systems (or lack thereof) and, did I mention COACHING.

    It all comes back to Carlyle’s ignorance of the modern game. Plus, Phaneuf. This guy is an absolute slug, but no one in power in LeafLand will acknowledge it.

    Winning goal is yet another shot from the point. Why? Teams have done their homework on Toronto’s tendencies and that is to collapse to the point where it’s easy for teams to pinch and get point shots. That, while getting a player or two to screen.

    Back to the drawing board?

    Nah. The drawing board quit in disgust.

    • TGT23

      Well… okay, let me play devils advocate here.

      Jonathan Bernier is 14-8-3 so far this season. So, if you stretch that over 60 decisions he’d be 34-19-7. That’s 75 points for the team he’d have won them. Last season 93 points got you a playoff spot, that means Reimer only has to go .500 in his 22 decisions to get this team in the playoffs. James Reimer is 6-6-0 in his 22 decisions this season, so it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

      So, to your point… Bernier is well on the way to saving this “sorry ass of a team” just playing the way he has been thus far. He is on pace to give the team 75 points which, if Reimer does his job, gets the Leafs into the playoffs.

  • TGT23

    OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THIS TEAM JUST CN”T GET IT TOGETHER FOR NOTHING!! BRING ON BERNIER HE WILL SAVE THIS SORRY ASSS OF A TEAM??????

    YEAH RIGHT ITS THE GOALIE THAT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT PLAYS AND I GUESS HE MIGHT AS WELL BE THE ONLY ONE ON THE ICE AS HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT NEEDS TO PLAY….

    Considering Reims did a back to back and had high shots on both games, he played and competed and HE DIDNOT Cause this disgrace….

    And if you think Berneir would have done better than your smoking some great weed….

    Bernier is welcomed to be the head of this 18 – wheeler because as it stands now unless both Reims and Bernier play every game like hes the only one on the ice, it’s going off a cliff again…

    Reims is not the problem…..how many other Goalies have to face as many shots a night at almost every game and save as many as he does and Bernie for that matter and not have 5 + goals agaist evry game…come on wake up||||| if you all think you can go out there and stop almost every goal with 35+ SOG comming at you and win the games as well again I want that weed your smoking…..

    Reimer is a starter and its already a no brainer its not here, but give the guy a break and leave him the hell alone and put the blame on someone else for a change it’s retarded how badley he gets chewed on and spitted out…GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!!!!!!

  • TGT23

    OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THIS TEAM JUST CN”T GET IT TOGETHER FOR NOTHING!! BRING ON BERNIER HE WILL SAVE THIS SORRY ASSS OF A TEAM??????

    YEAH RIGHT ITS THE GOALIE THAT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT PLAYS AND I GUESS HE MIGHT AS WELL BE THE ONLY ONE ON THE ICE AS HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT NEEDS TO PLAY….

    Considering Reims did a back to back and had high shots on both games, he played and competed and HE DIDNOT Cause this disgrace….

    And if you think Berneir would have done better than your smoking some great weed….

    Bernier is welcomed to be the head of this 18 – wheeler because as it stands now unless both Reims and Bernier play every game like hes the only one on the ice, it’s going off a cliff again…

    Reims is not the problem…..how many other Goalies have to face as many shots a night at almost every game and save as many as he does and Bernie for that matter and not have 5 + goals agaist evry game…come on wake up||||| if you all think you can go out there and stop almost every goal with 35+ SOG comming at you and win the games as well again I want that weed your smoking…..

    Reimer is a starter and its already a no brainer its not here, but give the guy a break and leave him the hell alone and put the blame on someone else for a change it’s retarded how badley he gets chewed on and spitted out…GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!!!!!!