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Leafs Continue To Give Up Those Bad Goals

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

For all the improvements, all the spectacular saves, all the hard work and effort Jonas Gustavsson has made this season, a rotten stench continues to linger over his desire to become a legitimate No. 1 goalie.

The foul odour comes from the stinky goals he continues to allow on an alarmingly regular basis.

Gustavsson was outstanding at times in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, keeping the high-octane Penguins off the scoreboard in a first period that saw Evgeni Malkin and co. get out to a 9-1 edge in shots on goal.

But all that fine work by the uber-competitive Maple Leafs goaltender was flushed away in the third period when he whiffed on an easily stoppable backhand by the Pens’ Pascal Dupuis with just 15:50 remaining in regulation, the winning tally in a 3-2 victory for the home side at the Consol Energy Center.

These muffs have been far too common.

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Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Yea..  blame the goalie you have been abusing the whole season. I bet he wish he had a defense & Offense in front of him.

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/08/12 at 08:11 PM ET

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I’ve heard this a lot.  Was it the Dman that told Gustavson to let that soft pass under the goalstick that wasn’t flush to the ice last night?
Yeah this team sucks, but they lost a one goal game to an excellent Penguins team on a brutal goal, again.  These are not NHL goalies, and if they are, they sure ain’t starters.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/08/12 at 08:36 PM ET

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Very shaky goaltending.  Makes the whole team tentative.  Look what a difference Thomas and Lundquist make for their teams.

Posted by 13 user names on 03/08/12 at 09:21 PM ET

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Was it the Dman that told Gustavson to let that soft pass under the goalstick that wasn’t flush to the ice last night?
Very shaky goaltending.

Love it.

He kept them in the game when the team was getting badly outplayed, he (and Reimer) have constantly been left flapping in the wind by a team that by and large doesn’t give a damn about playing defense, and then blame him when he makes one mistake.

Why can’t anyone allow this team to win or lose as a team?

And when one person is blamed for the loss why is it always the guy who was the best player on the team for 59 minutes and 58 seconds of the game. whether it’s Gustavsson, Reimer or Grabovski?

One thing Ron Wilson was right about is that throughout his tenure in Toronto, Grabovski has been the best player on the team far more often than he hasn’t, yet I can’t believe how many people have bitched about him since the day he was stolen from the Canadiens?

Posted by Garth on 03/09/12 at 01:39 AM ET

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Why can’t anyone allow this team to win or lose as a team?

Okay, sure.  Good point.  But the soft goals take the wind out of a team’s sails, and contribute to the fragility.  These tenders are in the NHL, but c’mon, they are among the worst in it.
Grabovski is amazing, I have thought so for three years.  Toronto is a city full of yobs who think they know hockey, so I feel your pain.  I’m not saying what they are saying.  Let’s not equate scape-goating with assessment.  I really don’t think these are good goalies, but they should be able to win with them - IF they played a team game.  I would say they have done that about 25 times this year.
But look, it is a fair point.  Phaneuf should be getting at least as much blame as Reimer, and any team with Crabb and Lombardi as a third line should definitely consider winning to be pretty good fortune.
Anyway, it is too bad that they are screwed because that city would be an insanely fun time in the playoffs.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/09/12 at 01:54 AM ET

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