Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/09/14 at 08:17 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The Leafs won six games since the Olympic break. Six games. Six of 20 — that’s 53-point pace. That’s disgraceful.
Before the Olympics, demonstrating many of the flaws that have plagued them in the last quarter, they played at 95-point pace. The difference in results, the same team, same players, getting little out of anything, unable to find a way.
Now they limp towards the end of the schedule seeming so weak, so vulnerable, so lost. Up and down the roster. All the way to the bench and the coaching staff. They got by, as one NHL scout pointed out last night, with terrific goaltending. And when the goaltending was no longer terrific — they had no real response.
It isn’t just that. It can’t be just that. It’s not any one thing, even if the analytics zealots continue to beat the drum. More possession would not have changed everything, that’s just one element in a laundry list of woes that added up to total collapse.
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