Leafs defensive woes finally exposed

- November 3rd, 2013

VANCOUVER – That the Maple Leafs grabbed four of a possible six points on their three-game swing through the Canadian west must be considered a successful week.

It is also very misleading.

Consider that the Leafs, who posted wins in Calgary and Edmonton before losing 4-0 in Vancouver on Saturday, allowed 133 shots on this three-game journey – an average of about 44 per game.

Given that number, it’s remarkable that Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer only allowed six goals – an average of two per game.

And while the team is off to a successful 10-5 start, the train could quickly derail off the tracks if they do not tighten up defensively and help stop their goalies from being pelted with rubber every night.

The team’s warts were very much exposed in Vancouver by a Canucks team that outplayed Toronto in every aspect of the game.

“It was a terrible game for us,” said Carlyle. “Probably the worst game we have played this year.”

The Leafs do not play again until Friday when the Devils come to town. With Carlyle boiling at the team’s inability to limit the opposition’s shots, count on there being some tough practices in the coming days.

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  1. Bruce McFarlane says:

    This Leaf team is either up & down like an elevator or a yo, yo! Take your pick! Same result! BMcF

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