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Randy Carlyle: Leafs were ‘totally brain-dead’ against Blues

Dec 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t play well against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Randy Carlyle was blunt in his assessment.

According to Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050, Carlyle said the Leafs played “totally brain-dead” in some areas of what was a 6-3 loss to the Blues.

The Blues built up a three-goal lead in the first period, capped off by Derek Roy‘s eighth goal of the season, which came at the 16:10 mark. That resulted in Leafs goalie James Reimer getting pulled in favor of Jonathan Bernier.

It didn’t get much better for Toronto after that.

The Leafs fell behind by four goals early in the second period, before making things somewhat interesting with two late goals in the third period to cut the St. Louis lead to two.

But it was far too little, too late. David Backes scored into an empty net to wipe out the very small chance of a Leafs comeback.

The Leafs have now lost three in a row to begin one of their most difficult stretch of games this season. They lost to the Boston Bruins and L.A. Kings prior to Thursday.

They return home for one game, and it’s against the defending champions, the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

  1. sampulls - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Almost comical….the leafs are really not that good of a team….media props them up….but the reality is that they suck. Sorry….7 more years of missing the playoffs. You heard it here first.

    • kingjoffrey19 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      the only thing sam pulls is a lot of D

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      You heard it from sam first guys.

      For your future cookie-mailing purposes.

  2. jhaegs - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Blues are finally finding that chemistry they had lost. Hopefully they keep it rolling, but I still can’t wait for Leo and Reaves to come back.

    • eggserino - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Huge Blues fan here. This win doesn’t mean jack. They can crush the Leafs, Isles, etc. all day long. It’s not until they man up against the Kings and the Sharks that it really matters.

      That’s where the Blues are tested, not against teams that can’t compete with them.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    you know…it leaves me shaking my head

    all my life i’ve understood quality, value and fortune followed intelligence, hard work, bravery and a liberal share of good luck…how then can leafs be valued by forbes over so many nhl teams actually enjoying success

    come-on leafs, make us believers again…forty years of hurtin’, tough to handle…

    • blomfeld - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:20 AM

      it’s easy friend … just follow the money :)

  4. slickdemetrius - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Ahhh, the Leafs have started their annual slide early this season. Couldn’t even make it to January as a contending team, but Leaf fans will still blindly hold on to hope for a Cup run. Have you guys ever watched “Groundhog Day”?

  5. slysipops - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM


  6. beergold - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    The Dueman will huff and he will puff and he will make the Leafs a respectable NHL franchise!

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