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Leafs don’t deny embarrassment from 7-1 loss to Rangers

Jan 4, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle expressed relief that HBO’s cameras are no longer following his team to document the build-up for the 2014 Winter Classic. After being throttled by the New York Rangers 7-1 on Saturday, maybe he’ll miss those prying lenses.

The bullet points are just brutal for the Maple Leafs, who had won three straight games despite being badly out-shot (as per usual, as The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle points out).

No one acted like this was anything but a lousy loss.

Joffrey Lupul admitted it was embarrassing and even apologized to those who paid money for seats. (It’s never a great sign when you’re saying sorry to ticket-buyers.)

So, what’s next, then? Carlyle had an interesting-if-grim outlook.

“Now it’s back to the drawing board,” Carlyle said.

  1. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Well it should be an interesting sports radio talk show night in Toronto.

  2. jaybyrd99 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Who was that ranger team ? Talk about bi-polar. Thoroughly outclassed by pitt last night, they come back and just dominate the leafs. Talbot made some big saves early and kreider was flying all over the ice and was even a bit physical. 7 goals though, they won’t score again until february !

    • barkar942 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      If they had played like this against the Pens, they still would have lost. Pittsburgh’s system and talent level is much higher that Toronto’s.
      Let’s see which polar side shows up Monday against Columbus.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Forgotten last year’s playoffs already?

      • mvshark - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Drew, he must have, at least NYR one 1 game against the Bruins while Pitt at least scored 2 goals against the Bruins.

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    where was the leadership from forty nine million dollar man…?

    • sunderlanding - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      That’s right, he’s to blame.

  4. stateofthesport - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I just cant figure leafs put, they best wing’s in classic, then come out sooo flat,,, phielop was a bad deal,,,i know why Calgary got rid of him,,,Toronto will be hard pressed to make the play offs this year..

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    They are a bit of a head scratcher to me as well. They are just very inconsistent I did expect them to be pretty good this year. They are very talented team that just can’t get on a hot streak.

  6. beergold - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Name change coming in 2014-15 – Toronto Charmin Ultras!

  7. davego6 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Has anyone ever seen Phaneuf fight, all he does is hang on for dear life? Some leader and now we have this for an expensive 7 more years! Toronto media: lets start getting on MLSE and call them on this pathetic display of a hockey team!

    • borderline1988 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      That fight went no-where because neither player really wanted the other to get free and start throwing punches. Not that I care; why would I want the Leafs best player to risk injury throwing haymakers in that situation? Let Colton Orr do the fighting.

      I’m not willing to throw Phaneuf under the bus; he is by far the Leafs best defenseman and really the only one I trust to play defense in their own zone. His contract may be a bit over-priced, but I’d think it would be crazy for the Leafs to let him go, considering what the options are behind him. I’d rather keep Phaneuf than Kessel, he’s a legit #1 defenseman.

      On another note, Jake Gardiner is just awful in his own zone. Even if he becomes an offensive dynamo, is it worth it when he’s giving up scoring chances all over the ice?
      Trade that guy while he still has value!! Morgan Reilly is already a much more polished and better defeseman, and he’s like 5 years younger.

      • borderline1988 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Also, I have to admit, I was Kessel’s biggest fan when the Leafs signed him.

        But seeing him play more and more, he turns the puck over constantly, in all 3 zones. I don’t understand the decisions he’s making, he’s making all sorts of ill-advised passes that start rushes going the other way.
        And he shies away from contact like it’s the plague. I don’t think he’s ever won a battle on the boards for the puck this entire season.

        He’s good for rushes and powerplays; otherwise, he’s more of a liability than anything else.

        Someone has to knock some sense into these players. Every game, it seems so easy for the other team to dominate control of the puck in all zones, regardless of how good or bad the other team is.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        It’s why the Bruins traded him. His is a very selfish game. No room for that if you want to win the Cup.

  8. muckleflugga - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM


    bested wings in classic…?

    what winter classic were you watching…leafs lucked-out…pushed a game where they were out-played, out-shot and out-classed in every facet of the game to a shootout

    while delusional leafs fans build from that kind of play, i hardly think leafs deficiencies escaped carlyle…

    look at the game objectively…start by muting game call from the cbc…homer central at the mythical centre of the hockey universe

    bested wings…lmao

    • sunderlanding - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Scoreboard…the team with more goals bested the other. That’s how sports works.

  9. shaundre93 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Leafs need to learn to play team D. All they are is a rush team. Their wingers float around the top of the d zone and hope (pray) that the defense will be able to get them the puck so they can go on the rush. They have a ton of talent though, so sometimes that bails them out. I honestly believe the leafs have one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL, they just constantly hang them out to dry. Half of the games the leafs win one of the goalies is putting up 40+ saves. Put those two on LA or Boston and they are putting up vezina caliber numbers. IDK if its coaching or personnel, but until this team learns how to defend and not give up 35+ shots on a nightly basis, theyre not going to contend and they will remain a bubble team

  10. joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Hmm! Maybe it’s the fault of the Olympics that the players suffered a down. Oh! right! They have come back yet from Sochi yet. WC? HBO? Or maybe Carlyle failed to prepare his team because he was distracted by complaining about all the distractions his players have to deal with.

  11. bsfan77 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Leafs have never been the same since the Bruins smashed their hopes with 10 minutes left in the 3rd period in the playoffs last year. Toronto is now seeing why we traded Kessel. Very selfish player who is all about offense. Cant play D or back check to save his life. The Leafs have a great team with Lup and Naz which leaves me scratching my head everytime they lose.

  12. officialgame - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Lupel has as much leadership ability as a rat on a sinking ship.

  13. graymalkin26 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Clarkson was a great addition…harhar.

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