LEAFS POSTGAME: PANTHERS SET FRANCHISE RECORD

Four games left. On Monday night, that’s all that stood between the Leafs and the inevitable loss to the Oilers in the draft lottery. The Panthers were in town – Jagr, Barkov, Ekblad, the whole gang – in a quest to set a franchise record in points. Which is slightly more impressive than waiting for your balls to drop in the right order. (editor’s note: phrasing)

Spoiler alert: the Panthers achieved that feat in a game that contained the most painfully long third period of all time. I’m only being a little bit hyperbolic.

THE RUNDOWN

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Not to be a nerd, but this chart says it all. After a relatively even first period, Florida took over. The Leafs were flat-out bad in the second, and Florida made them pay for it with three goals. The worst part? Two of those goals were by Rocco Grimaldi, who is tiny. If you’re getting scored on by tiny players, your team is bad. I will not argue about this. 

The third period – which was pain…full…y…slow…bec….ause…of…40000….video…reviews – featured an attempted “comeback” by the Leafs, with two goals from Colin Greening (one of which was off a sweet sweet dish from Nylander), that ultimately fell short when Barkov scored 36 seconds after TJ Brennan’s goal.

Despite the goals in the third, the Leafs really were bad all night. Heck, the Leafs couldn’t even win in the faceoff department, putting up a measly 40% in that department. They tied in hits at 24, though. So that’s good.

GREEN WARRIOR

Yeah, this is normally the Blue Warrior, but Colin Greening scored two goals tonight. The same Colin Greening that Ottawa couldn’t find a place for in the NHL, buried in the AHL, and included as a salary dump in the Dion Phaneuf trade. You suck, Ottawa.

SEE YOU WEDNESDAY

The Leafs play their final home game of the season, hosting the Blue Jackets in what is sure to be a spirited battle to be as bad as possible. Game starts at 7.

  • jimithy

    Reilly is not at all a threat on the ice nor dangerous at anytime. Like Kadri he cannot shoot the puck and he will never score with such a weak shot. I suggest during the long off-season these guys should go back to square one and learn how to shoot the puck hard and fast. Hire a shooting coach.

  • magesticRAGE

    I thought Gauthier had a decent game. I agree with Babcock that he’s another before regular NHL duty, but he helped shutdown the top line. He seemed to be in Florida’s way all night, good on the penalty kill, and gradually got better on the faceoff dot.
    Kapanen doesn’t really look like he’s figuring out the NHL yet, which is fine. He has loads of skill, just doesn’t know how to apply them properly, but has a couple more years to work on it.?
    Brennan looked bad in his own end, making me miss Valiev that much more, taking too (Phaneuf) long to move the puck up the ice.
    Clune looked good, pesky, but fast on pucks.
    I wish Nylander would hold onto pucks longer on the breakout, apply himself more when on the boards.
    The tank keeps rolln

  • magesticRAGE

    I thought Gauthier had a decent game. I agree with Babcock that he’s another before regular NHL duty, but he helped shutdown the top line. He seemed to be in Florida’s way all night, good on the penalty kill, and gradually got better on the faceoff dot.
    Kapanen doesn’t really look like he’s figuring out the NHL yet, which is fine. He has loads of skill, just doesn’t know how to apply them properly, but has a couple more years to work on it.?
    Brennan looked bad in his own end, making me miss Valiev that much more, taking too (Phaneuf) long to move the puck up the ice.
    Clune looked good, pesky, but fast on pucks.
    I wish Nylander would hold onto pucks longer on the breakout, apply himself more when on the boards.
    The tank keeps rolln

  • magesticRAGE

    Another solid tank job by the leafs as Bernier gave up the three goals in the second. Give Kadri credit for helping the tank job by his most recent selfish, out of control, immature infraction. Knowing leaping Lou and Babcock, number 43 played his last game as a leaf last Saturday.

    Okay team the ball or this case the puck is in your court, three more tanks and we are guaranteed a top four pick. TANK LEAFS TANK.

    • TGT23

      I wouldn’t classify it as selfish or immature. It was human. The refs have been letting opponents brutalize Kadri the last couple games because their pride was wounded with those articles pointing out how he draws penalties.

      Exactly what would have been your reaction if you were getting beaten up and not one ref cared?

      What would Wendel Clark had done? Or any of those tough, gritty, old time players you loved as a child? Would they have taken it and done nothing?

      Or, would they have gotten a little out of control?

  • TGT23

    I don’t understand all the Kadri hate. The guy has been amazing for years. Seems like some Leaf fans just need someone to pick on now that Dion is gone. He got 45 points playing with a bunch of ahl call ups and salary dumps and the few players who were too bad or too hurt for lou to trade, and still managed to maintain a great possession game and draw a staggering number of penalties. This is a transition year where results mean very little….why is there so little chill?

  • magesticRAGE

    Okay boys and girls your home work assignment is find a Detroit Red Wing player who has had more than two incidents of being hauled on the carpet under the Babcock era in Detroit.

    Sorry I’ll make my previous pontification a little clearer. Kadri has now had three suspensions, been fined for diving, throat slashing, missed a practice last season. HELLLLLOOOO , He isn’t 19 anymore. I repeat leaping Lou and Babcock probably have decided he has played his last game as a leaf.

    Has he had a solid two way game this season absolutely, but the bottom line is that type of immature, irresponsible to your team mates play isn’t Babcock’s style. Why do you think he won’t play Subban in the big Olympic games as the show off Subban plays two minute straight doing his figure skating and then coughs up the puck for the game winning goal.