The chance was right there for the taking. The Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance to overtake them momentarily, but then real life happened and the Leafs failed to capitalize. They choked, plain and simple, and now find themselves possibly enjoying the golf course a lot sooner than people had hoped.
James Reimer got no help from the Leafs defense as the Winnipeg Jets continually put pressure on them and they could not get the puck out of their zone. Every breakout attempt seemed like a struggle and they could not seem to muster any solid pressure against a Jets team without their best player (Evander Kane) on the ice. For Toronto’s final home game and one with such importance and pressure they fell flat. The defense was as awful as it could be predicted with Gleason and Ranger just getting beat in every respect. Pension Plan Puppets writer Steve Burtch put it perfectly:
Losing the corsi battle by such a margin is one thing, but losing it against the Jets is head-spinning. CBC had pan-outs of Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle both looking mind-numbed and angry. With Tim Leiweke in town, the Leafs didn’t do anything to impress him. This game looked like it could be the final straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, and will hopefully lead to Carlyle’s firing his system simply isn’t working. Here is the fenwick chart via ExtraSkater and…uh…
There is always Ondrej Pavelec (aka PaveLOLec):
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