Problem with the Leafs is, they are too predictable. Do you think teams don't watch tape/video? Teams know that the only players that can do anything with the puck are Kadri and Kessel, teams know that you can dump the puck onto Holzer's side and know he won't be able to handle it. Team's know that Fraser while very solid defensively has know puck skills. Our offense has been shut because of lack of mobility from the backend, and I know how Carlyle wants to be tough, but you need to have tough guys that can play hockey. You can't play a Holzer 20 minutes a night and not expect mistakes. Bring up Gardiner, give Reilly a chance when his season is up, stick with Liles, and be able to generate offense from the backend. A good defense is a good offense, and having Gardiner, Liles, and Reilly mixed with Phaneuf, Fraser and Franson gives a balance of offense and size. Goaltending isn't the issue, the forwards aren't the issue. It's starts with the six defensemen.
Not watching the game but let me see if I have this correct:
Leafs play a solid defensive game for the first 40 mins, they bring their physical game and legs. Then the 3rd comes, they stop skating and putting in an effort, the other team comes back with 2 quick strikes to put the game away, how am I doing so far?
Played a solid 50 minutes I thought. Holzer is no match for Crosby.
If they play like they played tonight for that first 50 minutes on Saturday the Jets won't have a chance. For the most part this was an inspired comeback from a bad few games. That was a great game for most of it.......and then they Leafed it all up I hate that I love watching Crosby so much at times like this.
Its ok guys. 4 losses in a row. Hope it reaches 10
Top 10 draft pick here we come
**** it, I was on the Tank train early this season the leafs pulled me off for a good 3 weeks. It felt good cheering and hoping the team would win. But now its that time of year again. The time that we've all been experiencing ever since Sundin left. If we lose 6 more straight Mackinnon might be in reach! I don;t mind winning the next 6 either though....
This place is so doom and gloom after a loss.... Gahhhhhh!!!!!! The season's OVER!!!!!!!!!
My Gods, folks. Our team outplayed one of the best teams in the league for a good portion of this game. Dominated for stretches. If the best ****ing hockey player in the world isn't on the ice, we win that 9/10.
I'm enocouraged by the effort, and really liked that Liles tried to make a statement tonight with his opportunity. I'm through witb Kostka. Keep Liles.