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It appears Jonathan Bernier will return to the lineup for the Toronto Maple Leafs and start against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Bernier has been out for two weeks with a groin injury.
The Maple Leafs are mired in a five-game losing skid and are in danger of falling out of a playoff spot with nine games remaining.
Currently, they hold down the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Washington Capitals and two up on the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"What's happen has happened."
Basically Phaneuf says the Leafs have to move forward, concentrate on the next game.
The video is 6 1/2 minutes long.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
It was only last weekend, believe it or not, when the Leafs arrived in Washington following a successful swing through California which included a big victory in Los Angeles. That propelled them to second in the Atlantic Division and left them nine points clear of the Detroit Red Wings, the closest playoff pursuer in the Eastern Conference.
That comfy cushion is no more.
The Leafs now have no margin for error and seemingly no confidence following a 3-2 loss to New Jersey on Sunday night, their fifth in an eight-day span that has produced many more questions than answers.
“I don’t think we’re playing that bad,” said sniper Phil Kessel. “I think we’re playing OK. We get chances and just we’re not getting them to go right now as you can see.
“It’s a tough stretch, I’ll tell you that much.”
There is no relief in sight with the league-leading St. Louis Blues set to visit Air Canada Centre on Tuesday and a tough back-to-back against Philadelphia and Detroit on Friday and Saturday. This is already quite bad, yes, but could it easily get worse.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Admittedly, Carlyle opened himself to second-guessing by individually identifying Reimer on a night in Motown when there were numerous candidates to be fitted for goat horns. And the same was true in the loss to Tampa Bay, a defeat in which there was plenty of blame to go around.
Take, for example, the Lightning’s second goal, a one-timer on the power play by Steven Stamkos from the left faceoff circle. The entire league knows that specific location is Stamkos’ office, the place he most frequently sets up in whenever the Lightning have the man advantage.
You can bet Carlyle and his coaching staff showed Leafs players video documenting that very thing. Yet, when it came to crunch time, the Leafs reacted by leaving the Lightning captain wide open.
In the end, that mistake is on the players. Such glaring errors simply can not happen on a team aiming to reach the post-season a second consecutive time.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
It's been one week since an impressive comeback win for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Los Angeles, a win that meant the Leafs took two of three games on a swing through California. It was impressive, and it was also the last time Toronto won a game.
Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning was Toronto's third consecutive loss, all against teams fighting for position in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto's unwillingness or inability to defend effectively as a team is starting to catch up to the Leafs and their playoff spot is now on the line.
According to the playoff projection website SportsClubStats.com, Wednesday's loss dropped Toronto's playoff chances 10.3 percent, down to 65.6 percent. Still better than the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals, but getting worse by the day.
read on for Burnside on the Blackhawks, LeBrun on the Avs and Strang on the Lightning...
What Simmons writes seems to be the consensus of those who are commenting on the hit.
Ranger turned at the last second which certainly did not help, but it was still a bad decision by Killorn to make the hit from behind in the first place.
Ranger was seen moving his legs a few times while laying face down on the ice.
Killorn did receive five for boarding and a game.
added 8:10pm, video of the hit below...
added 8:19pm, A longer version of the incident has alslo been added below...
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle made sure he was being asked about James Reimer after a one-goal loss in Detroit, pausing before he offered an assessment of the now 26-year-old understudy.
“I thought he was okay, you know, just okay,” said Carlyle with a tone of evident frustration after a 3-2 defeat to the injury-riddled Red Wings squad, the Leafs third in the past four games.
Long a point of stability this season Toronto goaltending has suddenly been thrown into question with Carlyle's remarks, Reimer's performance and the uncertain status of injured no. 1 Jonathan Bernier. Starting in place of Bernier for the second straight game – his fourth consecutive appearance – Reimer allowed three goals on 31 shots, including a game-sealing squeaker under the left arm from Daniel Alfredsson with the Leafs down one in the final minutes of regulation.
It was the kind of stop Bernier has made routinely this season, one that Reimer needed to make at that point in the game and perhaps what soured Carlyle most afterward, Toronto's comeback attempt ultimately falling short.
“So he said I was just okay,” said Reimer, responding to Carlyle's comments. “I thought I played good, but obviously you'd like to make at least one of those saves in the third.”
Reimer's agent Ray Petkau tweets post game...
Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter post-game comments after being up 2-0 against Toronot but losing 3-2. The Kings had won 8 games in a row before last night.
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