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Devils hand Maple Leafs their fifth straight loss

Mar 23, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to sneak within a goal of tying things up after falling behind 3-0 on Sunday, but the New Jersey Devils managed to hang on to a 3-2 win.

In the process, they gave the Leafs and goalie James Reimer a fifth consecutive loss, making for one sad song. The 26-year-old was pulled early in the second period, and while Drew MacIntyre stopped all 14 shots he faced, the Buds could only score twice to continue their fall.

Phil Kessel‘s 3-2 goal was quite eventful:

No doubt about it, times are tough, even for a franchise that’s seen some low moments in recent seasons before 2012-13:

What faces both teams

With the Washington Capitals idle, the Maple Leafs remain in one of the two wild card spots, yet things look increasingly shaky for Toronto. They only have nine games left this season, opening the door for usurpers such as the Capitals and Blue Jackets.

The Devils will need teams like the Maple Leafs to lose to truly be one of those usurpers. With 10 games remaining and only one match against a true East bubble team* in April 4’s home contest against the Caps.

Schedule-wise, the Maple Leafs’ challenges certainly haven’t ended. They host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, face the red-hot Flyers in Philly on Friday and then play what could be a huge home game against Detroit in Toronto on Saturday. Whether it’s Reimer or someone else, the Maple Leafs need to change this broken record sooner rather than later if they want to preserve their playoff spot.

* – Assuming Carolina and Ottawa are out of it

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    But how did the $5.25 million man, David Clarkson, do?

  2. graymalkin26 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    How did that monkey David Clarkson ever get 30G…#fluke

    • lateralous - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Patrik Elias

    • 950003cups - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      If Clarkson were still a Devil, he would still be producing. He’s a very good player in the role that he plays. He’s a net crasher, and body banger, a shot blocker, and a great tip in guy who also screens the goalie. Toronto gave him a large salary and asked him to play outside his successful element. There’s a reason he became a fan favorite in NJ. He wasn’t ever putting up numbers that he is in Toronto.

      NJ would take him back in a flash. But Toronto would have to take back salary and cap space.

  3. bsaures - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    If the leafs miss the playoffs gain this year there has to be some major changes. Nonis and Carlyle have to go they have made several questionable moves over the last few years. Then bring in someone with talent and leadership and ship Phaneuf out the guy is not fit to be a captain.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      I’m not going to post something negative about the Leafs, their management, the fans, etc.. unlike how Atwater, LupyNazty, etc.. post on Canucks posts. However, I am going to say that what the Leafs are good at doing is presenting a mirage.

      Every season the last 10-11 or so, they present a mirage, get close to the playoffs and then miss (in the seasons where they were near the bottom or at the bottom of the league they had some runs or were not supposed to be so bad – for example, the season they got Beauchemin they were heralded by the toronto media as having one of the best defenses in the NHL)….

      Last season was a shortened season and they lucked into a spot. A full season last year and they might have missed that one too. This year their chances of making it have fallen below 50-50, i read they are around 30% or so.

      Suffice to say, Canada may be cheering for THE most popular team in the country come playoff time, The Montreal Canadiens. They are the most popular team in all markets (not including the home team) across Canada according to Angus Reid polling.

      • Mark - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:52 AM

        If by mirage you mean Reimer has been awful since he took over from Bernier with an injury, posting an 871 save% over that time, then yes, I agree.

        Really, that’s what this “mirage” comes down to.

  4. mp1131211 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Wow… the worst 5 teams that they could possibly lose to.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    So hard being a fan of this team.

    It’s amazing how many ways they find to embarrass themselves and their fanbase.

    2005/06 missed the playoffs by 2 points.
    2006/07 Sundin et al exercising their NTCs only to miss the playoffs by 1 point.
    2011/12 the Ron Wilson collapse and missing the playoffs for the 7th straight time.
    2012/13 the game 7 collapse against the Bruins.

    now THIS

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