Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Slide for Stamkos continues

The Maple Leafs' worst losses of the season:

Oct. 9: 7-1 v. Carolina
Oct. 29: 7-1 v. Washington
Nov. 6: 5-1 at Ottawa
Nov. 24: 5-1 at Phoenix
Dec. 29: 6-1 v. NY Rangers
Jan. 9: 5-0 at Anaheim
Feb. 5: 8-0 v. Florida

That's pretty awful, especially considering all of the six-plus goals against games came at home.

And tonight was as bad as it gets.

The Panthers have had a heckuva time scoring goals this season, but the floodgates opened at the Air Canada Centre as Richard Zednik (!) recorded a hat trick in an 8-0 romp.

And it's anyone's guess at this point what Andrew Raycroft is still doing with an NHL team.

(Steve Simmons had the best line on that one last weekend: "Best way for the Leafs to get Steve Stamkos in the draft: Start Andrew Raycroft the rest of the regular season.")

So, what Pension Plan Puppets calls the Slide for Stamkos rolls on, and with Los Angeles and Tampa Bay both winning, Toronto's within four points of last overall.

And next year?

Tank for Tavares.



At 11:32 p.m., February 05, 2008, Blogger islesblogger said...

And the Islanders aren't fairing any better. They got shutout 3-0 by a Ducks team who looked horrible themselves.

If there was ever a time I felt uncomfortable in the locker room, it was tonight while standing elbow to elbow with DiPietro.


At 11:37 p.m., February 05, 2008, Blogger twoeightnine said...

But how many TVs were given out?

At 12:41 a.m., February 06, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

Wow, I thought Steve Simmons' funniest line from that article was where he scoffed at Rutherford as Leafs GMs (one Cup win, plenty of "spotty seasons"), then suggested they look at Kevin Lowe.

At 1:19 a.m., February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry islesblogger, but losing 3-0 to the defending champs can't even be compared to losing by eight to the Florida f*cking Panthers. The Leafs D made Brett McLean look like Adam Oates in his prime tonight.

At 2:01 a.m., February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Lowe is the obvious solution and would, with a heavy heart, grant Lowe my blessing to follow his heart to Toronto.

At 2:17 a.m., February 06, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

...Dave Feschuk in the Star made the same joke two or three weeks ago...

At 2:54 a.m., February 06, 2008, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I'd also hate to lose him, but I think Lowe should get a shot.

At 2:57 a.m., February 06, 2008, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

And more importantly, why are we not making fun of the title font size in that Simmons article? Great Odin's beard, I thought I'd been roped into an eye examination.

At 10:09 a.m., February 06, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

The Slide for Stamkos is almost as bad as Edmonton's Dive for Five last year. Though I gotta say, if Calgary doesn't win the Cup this year, I half want Anaheim to win while Edmonton wins the draft lottery. The irony that would create would be unbelievable.

Oh, and LOL @ Toronto.

At 10:19 a.m., February 06, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Oh brother. I loved hearing the fans cheer on the Panthers goal.

No shame in that group.

Thank God the Kings and Lightning won. That softened the blow a bit.

At 10:47 a.m., February 06, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

My "turn off the game if the Leafs are down by three" rule has saved me on numerous occasions, and has never made me feel like an idiot.

At 11:41 a.m., February 06, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Chemmy - What about that playoff game against the Devils when they came back from 5-2?!?!

Just kidding, it's a good rule but I had PVR so I could fast-forward through it. Thank God.


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