Leafs Postgame: Zzzzzzzzzzz

I’d love to sit here and tell you that tonight’s game was fun to watch.  The Battle of Ontario.  Phaneuf, Michalek, and Greening playing their old teams.  Something.

Nope, can’t do it.  Tonight’s game was a snoozefest with little to no drama.  The play was largely controlled, the Leafs never really asserted their will, and the Sens took the lead early in the game without ever looking back.

I guess that’s what you get when you pit the 22nd best team in the league against the 30th best team in the league.

THE RUNDOWN

I won’t bore you with too many details here.  Basically, the Sens scored early in the first period, and on the whole, the Sens looked like the more dangerous team at even strength.



In the second period the Sens got another early goal, this time in the opening minute of the second frame.  The Leafs got handed plenty of powerplays, but really didn’t do anything of consequence with them.  So entering the third, it was 2-0 Sens with the Leafs showing little signs of life.

And then there was the third goal.  Yep, the Sens scored sometime in the first four minutes of the third period.  But I didn’t see it, because I was making a sandwich.

Then late in the period Jake Gardiner made an errant pass at the blueline that led to a Mark Strone goal on a 2-on-1.  It was an ugly, lazy play late in a lifeless game.  What more can you expect?

The good thing is that was all she wrote.  It was a boring game with a boring ending.

But hey, I’m not complaining.  The Leafs lost and the tank is in fine form.

BLUE WARRIOR

Frankly, I can’t say that he played particularly well tonight.  And I haven’t even looked at his underlying numbers to see how he did in that department.  What I can tell you though is that watching Jake Gardiner skate with the puck is poetry in motion, and he did plenty of skating with the puck tonight.  Right or wrong, he was one of the few things about this game that pleased me in even the slightest of ways.  So he’s your Blue Warrior.

SEE YOU TOMORROW

The Leafs get right back at it tomorrow night.  They’re in Detroit to face the Red Wings.  The game can be seen at 7:30PM Eastern on Sportsnet.

  • justin94

    Valiev was my blue warrior. And Kadri was awful tonight: possession wise, goal differential and PP

    This was the first game, where the leaf effort reminded me of the Carlyle late season apathy.

  • MatsSundin#13

    Leafs have had a tendency to drop a clunker once in a while, this one just happened to be more of a letdown because it was the first with the kids in the lineup. No matter what happens tomorrow it’ll be better than tonight…

  • jimithy

    Gardiner has to be the worst hockey player in the league. He might belong in the ice capades but not in the NHL. There’s really something wrong upstairs with that guy. Trying to be nifty every shift is a bad bad habit. He is not productive when it’s needed. He is not considered dangerous nor threatening when on the ice. He’s a joke to the game. If there were 33 teams in the league the Leafs would be 33rd. Why do the Leafs always end up with the worst hockey players on the planet?

  • CMpuck

    Just a solid, solid, tank job tonight as the leafs drive for the final four. Obviously most of the experts have projected Matthews as the number one pick but the more I study the two Finnish players the more I’m impressed. Both have size and obviously tremendous talent. Throw in Chychrun as the fourth pick and the leafs can’t go wrong by finishing dead last.

    Now I expect for young leaf fans in their teens or early 20’s the constant non playoff appearances must be frustrating for you. But this painful process is absolutely necessary and trust the leaf management it will be painful next year as well.

    Mean while Ottawa will get the 9th or 10th pick and pick up the next Jared Cowen.

    Tank leafs Tank Tank leafs Tank

  • Gary Empey

    Marlies – Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Status: Final OT — Providence 3 – Toronto 2

    1st Period – Frattin 11 (Leipsic), 3:31. —- Kapanen 9 (Percy, Smith), 8:17.