Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Leafs Give Up Most Goals Since '91 in Blowout Loss to Preds

The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs gave up nine or more goals, Doug Gilmour hadn't even been acquired by the club yet and the Leafs ended up finishing in last place in the Norris Division. On Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre the Leafs gave up nine at home to the hungry Nashville Predators, who greedily tacked on five markers in the third stanza to leave the Leafs dispirited and their fans flummoxed after a 9-2 drubbing to the upstarts from Nashville.

Was it just one of those nights or are the cracks in Toronto's armor starting to be revealed?

Hard to say. The good news for Toronto is that they are still playing above .500 hockey and would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

But that didn't stop fans and members of the media from feeling that the season HAD ended today and that the sky was also falling:

“When you get beat like that in professional sport it’s embarrassing and to get beat like that in front of your home fans, it compounds the issue,” said captain Dion Phaneuf. “It’s something that we obviously went through and it’s unacceptable by our group to have a performance like that.”

Toronto will look for a big bounce-back game when they face the Tampa Bay Lighting on Thursday at home.