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Budding issues? Columbus crushes Toronto 6-0

Nov 25, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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For some – especially many fans in the building on Monday – the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets is on James Reimer‘s head. Others believe that the Buds’ budding issues go much deeper than that.

The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle probably summarizes the “deeper issues” argument most succinctly: the Leafs have only won two of their last 10 games in regulation, scoring a mere 16 goals in that span.

(Slight bright side: Toronto eked out two shootout wins, so it eases the pain a bit that the Leafs are 4-5-1 in those 10 contests.)

Wherever you rest the blame, it was a lousy night for Toronto, as Columbus scored two goals in each period for a resounding win. Possibly losing Joffrey Lupul could add an injury to the insults.

Ryan Johansen scored two goals and one assist while Ryan Murray collected a tally and helper of his own as Sergei Bobrovsky generated his first shutout of 2013-14.

While Toronto may or may not be concerned about its recent play, the Blue Jackets probably feel solid about their five-game road trip through Canada. While they suffered two blowout losses (7-0 vs. Edmonton on Nov. 19, 6-2 vs. Vancouver on Nov. 22), they managed a 3-2-0 record. Not bad for a team that lost three straight games before they went on the road.

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    the term ‘budding issues’ being apropos…

    bc bud specifically

    sittin’ in the classroom thinkin’ it’s a drag
    listening to the teacher rap-just ain’t my bag

    when two bells ring you know it’s my cue
    gonna meet the boys on floor number 2

    smokin” in the boys room
    smokin” in the boys room
    teacher don’t you fill me up with your rules
    everybody knows that smokin’ ain’t allowed in school

    checkin’ out the halls makin sure the coast is clear
    lookin’ in the stalls-nah, there ain’t nobody here
    my buddies sixx, mick & tom

    to get caught would surely be the death of us all

  2. canucks30 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    A message for the residents of Toronto courtesy of Rob Ford and Lawrence Taylor:

  3. blue21c - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Let’s see: The NHL’s most valuable franchise(Maple Loafs) gets HAMMERED by the least valuable franchise (Blue Jackets) twice. You like apples? How ’bout them apples!!!!! Go Jackets!!!!

  4. storminator16 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Oh, how I missed this. When the Leafs are winning, one game constitutes the “sky is falling”. The NHL is better when the Leafs are winning because the Toronto media makes me chuckle on a daily basis. Good times.

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