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Maple Leafs headline list of eliminated teams

Apr 8, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

A night after the Vancouver Canucks bowed out of playoff contention with a 3-0 loss, the Toronto Maple Leafs completed their disastrous fall from grace with a defeat by the same score.

The Tampa Bay Lightning face serious worries if Ben Bishop‘s injury is severe, but they didn’t have a problem beating up on the Buds 3-0 on Tuesday. Toronto has now failed to make the postseason in eight of its last nine seasons and seems primed to face some serious questions about big changes during the offseason.

From March 16 to tonight, the Leafs only won two games, going 2-10-0. They close out the 2013-14 season with games against the Florida Panthers on Thursday and the Senators on Saturday.

The Leafs are joined by the Carolina Hurricanes (who lost soundly to the New York Rangers) and Ottawa Senators (whose win against the New York Islanders counts as “too little, too late”) as teams who are officially out of the playoffs.

Update: A shootout loss to the Dallas Stars officially ended the Nashville Predators’ run.

Fans of Canadian-based NHL teams have had a tough year, as many point out:

Perhaps it’s fitting that the Montreal Canadiens are once again the only franchise located in Canada that will play beyond April 13.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the playoff picture as Tuesday’s busy night of games slow down to a trickle (much like the Leafs’ once-promising season).

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Go Leafs Go!!! They went.

    • billiam55 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      u mean GOLF LEAFS GOLF!

      • slickdemetrius - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        When back in December I recommended Leaf fans to not get excited because their team was rolling, I was ridiculed. Every year the same thing, they play well out the gate, then by January-March they stink. Even funnier is the arrogant Leaf fan still believes until the bitter end.
        The Quebec Nordiques will be back in the NHL before the Leafs visit the play-offs again.

    • rje49 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      I’ve been a hockey fan for a long time. When Toronto last won the cup, in 1967, I felt it was the “end of the line” for them, as 8 top players were over 35 years old. Well, I was right. They didn’t win the cup again in any of the following years, but NOBODY ever dreamed the drought would go on for 47 years and counting!

  2. charlieconway96 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I wonder what video games Kessel and Bozak are planning on conquering with all of their free time.

    • bilbono - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      They’re playing Oblivion! Get it? Ok that was bad.

      Seriously though, I feel sorry for Leafs fans.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      They will be playing EA Tiger Woods 2014.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Don’t worry, Montreal will exit stage left soon

    • thegreatmorpheos - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      You and all Bruins fans are hoping that’s true, because Les Habs have OWNED the Bruins for the past few seasons.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Tell me again how deep into the playoffs the Habs have gotten recently. Then compare it to the Bruins.

  4. mrhogan88 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I would like to point out that the Canadiens won the Cup in ’73 so if history could repeat itself, that would be great.

    • govtminion - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      There was a bit of a difference back then.

      The Habs were a good team in ’73.

      • mrhogan88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        One can hope damnit!!

    • laxnhockey - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Agreed, it would be great, but not unexpected given the way this team is playing, the fact that Price seems to have elevated his game a notch and after all; the Canadiens are far and away the most successful team in the history of the NHL, and with the exception of the NY Yankees, the most successful team in all of professional sports.

      The ’73 team was a good team, but the teams in ’76 and particularly ’77 were great teams. In fact, the history book shows that the ’77 was the best team in the history of the NHL, having only lost eight games all season. No team will ever match that feat.

      You may not like it, but those are the facts of professional sports.

  5. billiam55 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    How do you its Spring?

    Because the leafs are out.

    • dipthatchip - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      I think you accidentally a word

  6. drewsylvania - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    To fall from grace requires them to have been graceful to begin with…

  7. 19inarow - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    It could always be worse. You could be an Isles fan. Like me.

  8. beergold - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Same old same old for the Laffs and with the two “franchise players” (one way Phil and Neon the Pylon) locked up with long term contracts, fans can look forward to many many more years of Laffable entertainment and drama out ot TO.

  9. wishingtonredslur - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Montreal is in Quebec. Most of us don’t believe it actually is a part of Canada.

    Every election they trot out their separatist agenda and lose the election (2 days ago) but here is the twist, nobody ever asks the rest of us if we would like to separate from them.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Actually Wish, polls have shown that while many Canadians might like the separatists to move to another planet, a majority want Quebec to remain part of Canada.

  10. crusty14 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Yeah, the habs have owned the bruins….. 2 cup finals in 3 years, real ownership!

    • laxnhockey - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Check out the head to head matchup between the Bruins and Canadiens, Einstein.


      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        I find it adorable that the regular season means so much to you. Gratz!!

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Check out the head to head between Montreal and Tampa first. I wouldn’t assume Montreal gets out of the first round….

  11. phluffyclouds - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Maybe we’ll actually get a Center now!!

    Serious changes need to be made. Our D is a joke and that starts with Dion.

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