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Leafs lose in ‘probably the best game we’ve played’

Dec 12, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs outshot their opponents Wednesday, bucking a trend that’s developed over most nights, and still lost.

The Leafs outshot the visiting L.A. Kings by a whopping 39-23 margin but managed to get only one puck past Martin Jones in a 3-1 loss.

Jones, 23, is now a perfect 4-0-0 to begin his National Hockey League career. He’s also got two shutouts.

Cody Franson‘s power play goal at 14:30 of the second period ended Jones’ shutout streak at 177 minutes and 16 seconds, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times.

The Leafs looked good throughout most of the game, but allowed two goals – Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford – in the third period, cementing the loss.

But the Leafs’ players were trying to focus on the positives, despite the result.

“You can take positives from it (and) we have to. That was one of the best games we played in awhile & we can all hang our hat on that,” said Toronto forward Mason Raymond, as per Mark Masters of TSN.

“Probably the best game we’ve played so far … We did a lot of things we can build on,” added Franson.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier, facing his old L.A. teammates as a member of the Maple Leafs, gave up three goals on 23 shots and was critical of himself afterwards, telling reporters his team “deserved a better fate.”

  1. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    “that was probably the best game we’ve played so far” …

    translation: we lost to the ‘best’ there is !

    *********************************************************************

    Make no mistake about it people, as we Kings are on the march yet again! In a recent telephone conversation with my old friend Stransky (ie: physicist and expert in forensic causation analysis) who’s currently lecturing at the Mannheim People’s University, he stated that he believes the LA Kings will now go on a ‘pre’ Christmas march which will leave the entire WC in ‘utter’ confusion and despair. Being the ‘humble’ soul that I am, I was left at a complete loss for words when hearing this proclamation. Yet what are we to make of ‘that’ which is now unfolding before us?

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • slysipops - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      WHEN THE BLACKHAWKS COME TO TOWN ,THE KINGS WILL FEEL LIKE THE EARPS & CO STOPPED BY !……………..

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Fantastic video friend !!!! :)

        only problem is that you’re obviously ‘confused’ as to who’s who etc … ‘as if’ we Kings are the Clantons & McLaurys ! … LOL ! :)

        ps: when I visited Tombstone four years ago, I had a drink after the show at the Crystal Palace Saloon … and there I met Shelly, a local waitress dolled up in period dress, who in my mind had to have been the ‘prettiest girl west of the Mississippi’ ! … and that was that …

      • slysipops - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        no confusion at all buddy. i pegged the KINGS as the CLANTONS and McLAURYS right from the getgo ! the only confusing part was which player ( KING) would connect with the guy begging for mercy !

  2. patthehockeyfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I’m a Kings’ fan, and in all fairness, Toronto did outplay LA last night. Not sorry they lost; but, I have to give credit where it’s due.

  3. montrealbbr - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Haha typical Leafs! Do they give you points for playing hard but still losing?? LOL

    • withseidelinn - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I agree, I was at the game and the Kings looked tired. They capitalized on their chances though and that’s what won them the game. Jones sure kept them in it. Kudos to him.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Nice comment, withseidelinn. Too bad for Bernier. Not that I wanted him to win (Kings’ fan here). I think the media built up a little too much the “he wants to show his former team they made a mistake in trading him” angle. I think he just wanted to win. Carter beating him was the nail in the coffin.

        Since you were at the game, you most likely didn’t hear the TV commentary by Fox West. They said that the Kings’ penalties for slashing and hooking were due to the Kings being tired, that they couldn’t keep up, and tried to stop the Leafs with their sticks.

      • withseidelinn - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Yeah, patthehockeyfan, it was clear they just didn’t have their legs 100%. Doughty and Stoll took a couple bad hooking/slashing calls which resulted in the Leafs’ goal. Surprising from a team like that. It was also pretty shocking to see the Leafs not only outshoot their opponents, but limit them to 23 shots. Hopefully that’s a trend they can build on.

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