Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs v.s. Tampa Bay Lightning
Well, that was sad. Talk about kicking back and taking a night off.
We clinch a playoff spot, take a few days off, and come out to play the second worst team in the Eastern Conference like we’ve already won something.
My, our, boys in blue made my blood boil Monday night.
A 5-2 loss against Tampa Bay? Really? Really? We need at least one more win to ensure we don’t sink to eighth place in the East and play the Pens. And that’s the effort we come out with?
We let one player, St. Louis, score more goals (he had three) than us as a team! That says a lot right there.
But I’m going to move on, try to explain it and think positively.
The Leafs have not been in the playoffs in almost a decade. When they clinched Saturday, Toronto went nuts.
I’m sure the boys could feel the energy of relieved and excited fans, of the city. They took it all in, and forgot to move on – forgot they still have a job to do.
I’m sure Randy Carlyle will remind them of this in time for tomorrow’s tilt against Florida, the WORST team in the East.
Carlyle will snap our boys back to reality: although the atmosphere in Toronto may have felt like we’ve already won the Stanley Cup, that’s far from the truth.
To have any chance at the Cup at all, we need to position ourselves well for the first round.
That means not playing the Pens. That means winning at least one more game in case all the teams below us win their remaining games.
We have another shot at it Thursday night. Let’s make it count – any more losses could mean the Pens, or even red-hot Washington in the first round.
(And, I'm getting tired of this, but hopefully the Leafs are there for Scrivens tomorrow if he gets the start. They weren't for Reimer tonight. That bullet slapper they allowed Gudas to take, unchecked, for the winner? C'mon. That beauty Stamkos goal, where he blew by us? C'mon!)
Go Leafs Go. Cheers.
Here are some highlights of the Lightning making us look silly. Learn from it.