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Leafs’ Lupul: ‘We still believe’

Mar 26, 2014, 12:19 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs lost their sixth game in a row on Tuesday and didn’t look very good, either. While it’s true that the St. Louis Blues have done that to plenty opponents this season, it’s easy to see why Maple Leafs fans are losing hope.

The team itself generally put on a brave face, especially Joffrey Lupul, as the Canadian Press reports.

“Certainly we’re afraid of letting it slip away,” Lupul said. “The whole year we’ve thought we were a playoff team, and we still believe that now … Realistically we’re still right there with these other teams.”

James van Riemsdyk backed him up, telling Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston “we have a lot of fight in us.”

Still, the question of that minimal early effort in particular hangs in the air; Jonathan Bernier‘s strong play helped them stay in the game early despite playing poorly enough that head coach Randy Carlyle described the team as “frozen” during the first 30 minutes.

Not everyone even addressed the loss, either.

Either way, the Maple Leafs are out of the East’s top eight, although Lupul is right in saying they’re “right there” as Toronto ranks among four East teams with 80 standings points.

  1. bsaures - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Good leadership Phaneuf especially considering you pretty much gave STL 3 goals.

    • joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Well! We agree on something. And he’s been terrible in the 2 or 3 previous games.

      Note to dueman: Will you finally admit Phaneuf is not playing well…

      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….

      • beergold - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        “The Dooman ain’t never wrong,” – The Dooman

  2. kclovesgaming - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Cliche sports stuff that you have to say else you will be branded all sorts of bad stuff. The reality is the team had no business being in it this late in the season. If not for their insane goaltending all year, they’d be no where close to a playoff spot. And if they were in the West? Probably just as bad as Edmonton.

  3. stcrowe - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Lupul believing they are a playoff team reminds me of Snoopy believing he was a World War One flying ace, and that his doghouse was a Sopwith Camel.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    YES … THE LEAFS CAN STILL ‘BELIEVE’ THANKS TO COMRADE BERNIER !!! :)

  5. ron05342 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Leafs’ Lupul: ‘We still believe’

    Believe in what?

  6. beergold - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Is it a coincedence that all the Leaf players are scratch golfers?

  7. joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Yet another ugly defensive game by the Leafs. Like I said….

    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 Carlyle on Reimer and not on the team’s d play. Oh! Wait! The team’s d system is his responsibility…..

    • spezzdispenser - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Joey! Joey! Another brilliant comment!

      • thailer35 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        And we get to read it twice! Lucky us!

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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