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Video: PHT Extra — Panic time in Toronto?

Mar 20, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost four of five and are just four points up on ninth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference. Given the team’s history with collapses, is it time to panic?


  1. penvik - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Not sure who would panic (outside of Leaf nation). The rest of is would be shocked of they made the playoffs. Toronto is terrible.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      5th in the Eastern, 12th in the league. Terrible for sure.

      • bsaures - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Because in some cases they have played 3 more games.

        Philly is 1 point behind 3 games in hand
        NYR 2 point with a game in hand and better ROW
        PHX 3 points with 2 games in hand
        CLB 4 points with 3 games in hand

  2. muckleflugga - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    not terrible at all … the eternal goalie question plaguing all teams is at the heart of their current malaise

    no worries if bernier comes back whole or reimer gets fed some support from his coaches

    leafs are due to rock n roll … woe be to the team hooking these guys first round

    • rdurk86 - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      How many times can Reimer flop before leafs fans will realize he just isn’t that good.

  3. cdalton2690 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Absolutely time to panic. This team is playing terrible and who knows how long Bernier is going to be out. Need a win in a big way next game. They have a few games against teams they are competing with for a playoff spot coming up that are must wins.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    No question the four-point game coming up on Saturday is a must-win. They lose that and I wouldn’t say panic time, I’d say tee time.

    • dueman - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      So with 24 points still available to the Leafs, if they don’t get the very next 2, against a team that is currently ahead of them in the standings at that, the season is over for them? That’s utter nonsense! If that were remotely true, then every team behind them in the standings might as well hang up their skates because their seasons must already be over….Talk about hyperbole.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Given their recent slide, it would be a must-win no matter who they’re playing. If they lose that and then lose to the Blues next Tuesday would you really like their chances?

        Plus the fact that it’s a divisional game against a team they’d love to help knock down to the wild-card makes it even more important.

      • dueman - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        I never said that the next game wasn’t important. What I said is that with 24 points out there still, the season isn’t over if they don’t get the next 2, like you claimed is all. Also, why are you counting the game against the Blues as a loss already? The Leafs have a winning record against western teams this year, so maybe we should let them play the game first…There is lot’s of hockey left to be played still.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        ….because I’m a jaded Leafs fan.

        Miller loves to play the Leafs. But if they do pull out a win against the best in the league they’ll probably lose to a much less formidable opponent a few days later. That’s just the way it always seems to go. I’d like nothing better to be proven wrong.

  5. joey4id - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    The Leafs biggest problem regardless who’s between the pipes is their continuous break down in their d assignments. Oy vey! Phaneuf has been absolutely terrible, and others are not much better. I don’t understand why he’s on Reimer and not on the team’s d play. Oh! Wait! The team’s d system is his responsibility…..

    • dueman - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      So let me get this straight….Phaneuf, who is +13 on this Leaf team, in which almost every other player is in the minuses….is the problem? Sometimes Joey, your hockey knowledge is awe-inspiring….

      • joey4id - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        No! No! Don’t be stupid like that. He’s been pretty bad vs TBL (leaving Stamkos alone in front of the net) and blowing a d assignment (on the PK) vs the Caps. Both resulted in goals. You’re going to work a little harder to challenge my hockey knowledge moron.

      • dueman - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        All I did, was show the flaw in your comment with an actual statistic, and you came back with name calling, and insults. Yup, you’re just too intelligent for me…What was I thinking? Have a nice day Joey.

      • joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        If you would have presented the facts without irony (your hockey knowledge is awe-inspiring), then your replay would have been very good. You lost credibility with the irony.

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    No need to panic yet.

    It’s not like they’re getting blown out. Other than the SJ and TB games, the Leafs have been in every game in their recent drought. And they have been riding their backup goalie since Bernier’s been out.

    If Bernier was out for the season, there might be a reason to panic. But he’s supposed to be back fairy soon. The sooner the better. Reimer’s tendency to let in a softy doesn’t help. The Leafs offense can’t do it’s thing when Reimer keeps letting in goals he should be saving and it ends up deflating the team.

    Hurry back Bernie!

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      if he’s supposed to be back “fairy” soon, I think the Leafs are in more trouble than they realize…

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        In the context the typo was used, a fairy “boat” would have made more sense…. but you instantly think of fairy “man-on-man” action.

        … not that there’s anything wrong with that… you west coasters you!

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