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Toronto Maple Leafs Lose To Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0


Well, it was fun while it lasted. Wait a second, no it wasn’t.

That’s it ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Leafs lost 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight which, accompanied with the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes, spelled the end of any hopes the Leafs had.

Ondrej Palat scored two goals for the Lightning in the second period while Victor Hedman potted an empty-netter with 13 seconds left in the game. There wasn’t all that much excitement in this game, which is odd considering the stakes the Leafs were facing.

The Leafs were unable to capitalize on a freak injury to Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop early in the first period. For a team with their playoff hopes hinging on this game, their wasn’t all that much push-back from the Leafs.

This all leads to another season with no playoff hockey in Toronto. I don’t know what Leafs General Manager Dave Nonis’ plan is but he better do something to make sure the Leafs are a better team by this October. In hindsight, staying pat at the Trade Deadline was obviously a mistake. Could that decision cost him or Head Coach Randy Carlyle their job?

Better get those golf clubs ready Leaf fans.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs

  • cjhowardo

    They are terrible. Spent right up near the cap, with no way to improve, and overpaid players everywhere. Fire EVERYONE!!! Its time for a genuine rebuild. Rielly stays. Everyone else fired / traded / sent to AHL purgatory.

    • Tim Bayer

      In seriousness, I’d keep around Kessel, JvR, Kadri, Gardiner, Rielly and Bernier for sure. Phaneuf, Clarkson, Lupul and Bozak, unfortunately, aren’t going anywhere unless they replace the GM. Get Holland, D’Amigo, Ashton, Percy and maybe Leivo significant playing time next year. Go after a legitimate top-line centre in Stastny and a d-man like Niskanen, Stralman or Fayne in free agency.

      • Scottie Smalls

        Yeah, exactly, sometimes I think this team would have excelled around someone who could actually coach. I wouldn’t go trading half of the team like some have suggested, if that happens, every one of them will come back and beat up Toronto every time they play.

  • Ssterling Hamilton

    Fire the coach and Nonis

  • Scottie Smalls

    Am i the only one who isn’t shocked that this team couldn’t even score one goal in a game they absolutely needed to win…

    • Tim Bayer

      I wouldn’t say it’s shocking or even surprising. Just depressing, really.

  • Scottie Smalls

    Good line line.
    rather spend 3-4 months getting ready for next season instead of golf ugggh