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.
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