Leafs Postgame – More like the Pirañas

When you’re a dysfunctional team that desperately wants to turn things around, the best case scenario is to face a dysfunctional team that desperately just wants their season to be over. Unfortunately for the sake of entertainment, the Leafs are the latter half of that equation. Fortunately for the sake of the reverse standings, the Leafs are the latter half of that equation.

The Rundown

Predictably, the Leafs gave up the first goal in this game. Taking advantage of a waved-off icing call, Chris Tierney picked up the puck behind Toronto’s net, circled around, and set up Tomas Hertl just seven minutes in. It was the only goal in a period where the Leafs deserved so much worse, getting outshot 21-8.

San Jose made up for that in the second period, however. Logan Couture added an insurance marker, scoring a James van Riemsdyk-esque goal from just in front of the net. Jake Gardiner closed the gap with a point shot a few minutes later, but was responded to with a Melker Karlsson goal that doubled as Joe Thornton’s 900th career assist. With six seconds left in the period, Tommy Wingels tipped Matt Nieto’s prayer of a shot past Bernier to give San Jose a three goal lead.

Not much happened in the third period. Neither team scored, both took fewer shots, and eventually, van Riemsdyk and Brenden Dillon swung sticks at each other in anger. The buzzer sounded, and the two teams drifted apart.

Blue Warrior

You wonder if scoring his first goal since December 6th will be a confidence booster for Jake Gardiner, who has been struggling to put numbers together this year. He has lots of time to figure it out, though, and if something small like this pushes him in the right direction, that’s awesome. He also wasn’t awful in terms of possession tonight, which is nice to see when you consider the overall effort of the team itself.

Summing It Up

It seems that mathematical elimination from playoff contention hasn’t stopped this team’s free-fall. Once again, this team were out-played and out-performed on home ice. At the very least, this is a team that you’d expect to outplay them, even if they’ve had their own issues. Toronto’s next game is on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

      • TGT23

        You still are smoking that funny weed again I see……if you are saying that after 50 games Bernie comes out the better Goalie and deserves to be the Starter for this new rebuild, your not going to see a standley cup anytime soon…………
        Bernier has played worst this year than Reimerdid last year…and Bernier has had alot more games to prove hes the Number one netminder to take the rebuild team all the way……..

        I stick by my guns and will bet on Reimer any day over Bernier,,,,,,,,,,he’s been nothing more than a sad excuse for money not well spent….

      • TGT23

        You still are smoking that funny weed again I see……if you are saying that after 50 games Bernie comes out the better Goalie and deserves to be the Starter for this new rebuild, your not going to see a standley cup anytime soon…………
        Bernier has played worst this year than Reimerdid last year…and Bernier has had alot more games to prove hes the Number one netminder to take the rebuild team all the way……..

        I stick by my guns and will bet on Reimer any day over Bernier,,,,,,,,,,he’s been nothing more than a sad excuse for money not well spent….

        • TGT23

          Bernier has superior numbers to Reimer in BOTH years, so how is he playing worse than him?

          In what world does that make sense?

          If you can’t do simple math then I’m sorry but Bernier (.913) is still above Reimer (.911 last season).

          And he TOWERS over Reimer this season.

          You can’t win with stats or facts so you turn to blind ignorance to deflect evidence.

          I wonder how your psyche would handle it if you could ever admit who the statistical better goalie actually was.

        • TGT23

          I think each game these two goalies have played in 2015 is leading the management and the fans to the conclusion that these two guys are not going to be part of the planned rebuild. Oh sure most nights the usual pylons have simply been that pylons. But far too often both Bernier and Reimer have let in soft goals.

          I hope the leafs seriously consider looking at drafting a goalie in that late first round pick.

          • TGT23

            I don’t fully agree.

            Partly because I’m not 100% convinced that Bernier isn’t the long-term solution (his season last year was Vezina caliber before injury) and part because I don’t think it’s best to draft a goalie in the first round of the first year of a rebuild.

            Also, and you may agree with me here, the Leafs have laughably bad luck scouting young goalies.

            Bernier is an above average goalie and still very young. He’ll be 28-30 by the end of the rebuild so he’ll still have plenty of hockey left.

            I think there are just too many holes on the team to create another one.

            Bernier-Reimer will be fine for another season, after which you can stockpile college goalies and mid-round goalies and have five to eight years to catch lightning in a bottle.

          • TGT23

            T.G. that truly is the key as the leafs drafting has to truly improve. I guess I’m thinking the leafs will get a pretty good goalie at the 25th to 30th spot. I seem to recall a number years back the leafs drafting the world junior M.V.P. at the 21st position. Sadly Rask never even played one regular season game for the leafs.

            The college idea is also a strong idea as a lot of goalies tend to mature later.

          • TGT23

            bernier won’t be here for the rebuild. he’ll probably demand a trade as soon as he can leave. look how he’s reacting now. no way he’ll stay here. they’ll probably keep reimer and bernier can get them more in return. reimer cam handle toronto, it looks like bernier can’t. he’s mentally weak and continually calls out his team in front of him. that won’t make you well-liked in a city, organization or locker room even if it is true. i hope he goes and gets us a 2nd round pick back. what a waste of a pick for this guy, who has only proven that he is once again, unproven to be anything close to a definite #1 starter. his 1 strong year doesn’t mean anything so the only thing that’s proven is he is a very good back up who has put up almost identical career numbers with reimer. great trade potato and leiweke! he can go elsewhere. i’m over his bad, stuck up attitude.

          • TGT23

            100 PERCENT WITH YOU…REIMER HAS PROVEN OVER THE LONG HAUL THROUGH THICK OR THIN HE”S ALWAYS BEEN A STAND UP GUY AND IS MENTALLY A STRONGER MAN AND DESPITE EVERYTHING STILL LOVES TORONT) AND STILL BATTLES EVERY GAME HES GETS………..
            UNDER THE BUS FROM THIS ORGANIZATION SINCE THE GAME 7 LOST, AND THAN BRINGING BRENIER IN(WHICH WAS A WASTE OF MONEY) HE STILL HUNG HIS HEAD HIGH…….

            GO REIMS GO….

          • TGT23

            Mentally weak? Reimer collapsed after the Bruins suggested there was a book on him. He fell apart when he became the starter again last season…

            The issue isn’t who is mentally tougher it is who you LIKE more. Reimer has that aw shucks personality and you like him. Bernier is a bit more self confident and arrogant do you hate him.

            Same reason Toronto sports fans like or hate anyone.

            And maybe Bernier will ask out of the organization. But he hasn’t yet and until he does he’s still this organizations best chance at a real #1 goalie.

            As opposed to puppy dog Reimer.

          • TGT23

            IN YOUR DREAMS……………I recall Reimer calling out the team before they destroyed the oilers the next night..so don’t even go there………..as for Bernier, he’s self centered and comes across just that…..his interviews are plain awful and sorry to say your the one pining your hopes on the wrong guy not me or many other fans,,,,, but in all honesty if it was my choice I like to see Reimer go and be with a team that he can flourish with and Bernier can stay here he’s welcomed to the team and fans like yourself.. your made for each other.

          • TGT23

            i like both goalies actually but i just state what i see. reimer can handle this city and the fans/pressure better than bernier. bernier can’t. he even said he let the fans get to him in the coyotes game when he was god awful and let in those embarrassing goals all because he was heckled. he can’t even stay focused for long periods of times some games like the coyotes game and basically since the start of 2015. bernier hasn’t proven anything. he’s not a #1 starter from one very good season otherwise reimer is too since reimer had 2 season above a 920 sv% as a starter and bernier had 1 as a starter and 1 as a back up. reimer has proven more of a starter based off his career stats than bernier because this is bernier’s 2nd season as a starter while reimer has been a starter longer. last time i checked, bernier has been falling apart all year. awful start to the season, good couple of months near the end of 2014, awful 2015. his save percentage is well below league average (as is reimer’s) so he hasn’t proven anything either. their career numbers are almost identical. i think they’re both very good back up goalies. maybe they’ll be better behind very good teams (dubnyk in minnesota). i hope he’s gone anyway because he’s openly pointing fingers at his own team and deflecting blame onto the team (even if it’s true). that’s not what you want on a rebuilding team.

  • TGT23

    thank you mandela. i was getting worried for a bit when i checked the score and it was 2-1 and the leafs were shooting more. thank god for eric brewer and that horrific top line.

  • TGT23

    20014-15

    Bernier: .913 Save Percentage – Reimer: .903 Save Percentage

    Bernier: 2.89 GAA – Reimer: 3.22 GAA

    Bernier: -3.47 GSAA – Reimer: -9.41

    Bernier: .923 Even Strength Save Percentage – Reimer: .910 Even Strength Save Percentage

    2013-14

    Bernier: .922 SV% – Reimer: .911 Sv%

    Bernier: 2.70 GAA – Reimer: 3.26 GAA

    Bernier: 15.07 GSAA – Reimer: -2.73 GSAA

    Bernier: .931 EvSV% – Reimer: .924 EvSV%

    But tell me more Reimerfan about how REIMER has proven he’s a starter and Bernier hasn’t.

    If Reimer’s season last season warrants him a starting gig than Bernier’s slightly better season this year certainly does, and his significantly better season last season definitely does.

    You’ve got no statistical leg to stand on.