Meanwhile hockey-crazed Toronto is up in arms over the state of the Maple Leafs. That city can live with a loose cannon mayor, but a free-falling hockey team creates much anguish.
Coach Randy Carlyle didn’t mince words after his team’s ninth loss in 12 games.
“For our hockey club tonight, it looked like we were totally brain dead in a lot of areas,” Carlyle told reporters during his post-game scrum. “I don’t think I have any other way of describing it from the standpoint of where the goals were scored from.”
The Leafs fell to the Kings 3-1 Wednesday night, then fell behind the Blues 6-1 the next night before tallying a couple of garbage-time goals.
Toronto Star columnist Dave Feschuk summed up their effort thusly:
It certainly had all the hallmarks of the Leafs at their worst. There was a first-period stretch in which the visitors didn’t register a shot on goal for more than eight minutes. There were a series of goals in which Blues forwards streamed through the slot unbothered and took their sweet time with pinpoint snipes. There were defensive miscues piled upon defensive apathy piled upon slow-legged laziness.
Toronto goaltender James Reimer lasted only 15 minutes in this game. “We weren’t our sharpest, including me,” Reimer told the Toronto Sun. “You guys saw it, we didn’t have too much life and I’m not sure of the reason.”
The Maple Leafs raced to a 6-1 start this season. They have gone 10-13-3 since then – and they face the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
HBO cameras are on hand to capture every second of their failure, chronicling the Leafs’ every move for the all-access “24/7” show. Fans can see what failure looks like on the ice, but this show will treat them to a look at behind-the-scenes failure too.
That gives them something to look forward to, since Stanley Cup contention seems out of the question – again.