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No Structure In Toronto’s Loss To Chicago

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The dressing room was open and silent and empty, a mirrored version of this rather pathetic, more than troubling night of Maple Leafs hockey.

No one was at their stalls. No one was undressing by their nameplates. Only the individual players forced to stand by the Leafs banner were dragged out to face the music on a night when no music played in the dressing room.

It is hard to know where to begin as the Leafs imploded for the second consecutive home game, looking nothing like the contender they are supposed to be, lacking speed and structure and effort and, in the words of John Tavares — always first out to speak when no one else will — saying you can’t win when you chase the puck and chase the game and don’t win any of those races along the way.

This has to be terribly upsetting for Mike Babcock, coach in question, who preaches and teaches structure and then none of it appears evident once the puck is dropped. On Monday, it might have been understandable, as the Leafs were playing the best NHL team in years.

On Wednesday night, with Boston losing on Tuesday, with this being a game in hand on the Bruins, with the Chicago Blackhawks still listed as playoff longshots, with something tangible to play for, the Leafs played as though they paid no attention to what Babcock was pushing at the morning skate: Defensive zone coverages. How to play without the puck and where to position yourself.

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A little self serving to say Boston is the best NHL team in years. Actually, that is completed garbage.

Posted by teldar on 03/14/19 at 12:08 PM ET

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A little self serving to say Boston is the best NHL team in years.

He wasn’t talking about Boston, the Leafs played Tampa Bay on Monday.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/14/19 at 12:15 PM ET

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Babs team is asleep and not listening? That’s unpossible.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/14/19 at 02:21 PM ET

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I listened to the third period and post-game on the radio last night. The post game show had some interesting comments, the guys were perplexed on how it could be that Babcock’s teams can constantly not “start on time” over and over and over again.

It was a problem in Detroit, too

There’s a pattern here, but I shan’t point it out

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 03/14/19 at 02:40 PM ET

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