Mar 6, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT
The Randy Carlyle-fueled Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t get embarrassed against the Boston Bruins like the Ron Wilson model, but they still left tonight’s game empty-handed. The Bruins won a bruising battle 5-4 to take a 5-0 advantage in the two teams’ wildly one-sided season series.
Considering the fact that the previous four contests carried a whopping 23-6 goal differential, it’s easy to call the Buds’ effort more respectable. Still, their fans might look back at this mismatch with added bitterness if Toronto misses the playoffs by a small margin.
It’s possible that the Maple Leafs lost more than just the game, too. James Mirtle reports that Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong‘s equipment wasn’t removed from the Leafs’ locker room, which implies that both forwards might be unavailable for Wednesday’s contest against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
That’s a rough home debut, especially since moral victories just aren’t good enough in playoff-starved Toronto.
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 29
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 34
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 17
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 31
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 43
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Two down, one to go: Wings ink Tatar to three-year, $8.25M deal 12
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal 63
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain (45)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (43)
- New Caps regime plans to keep Ovechkin at RW (for now) (42)
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal (39)