This loss was a “team effort”: Carlyle
BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
If winning in sports is dubbed a team effort, which most of the time it is, then losing also should be a team effort, right?
The Leafs have played good hockey and have a solid record, so you can look at Monday’s game as an aberration. A good practice Tuesday could get the team back on track after getting absolutely destroyed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a tune of 6-0; the Jackets are the only team this season to embarrass Leafs twice within a month’s time (last night and Oct. 25 in Columbus). Interestingly enough, Columbus played uptempo hockey in both games and obviously, Leafs did not.
On the Blue Jackets’ fourth shot of the evening, it was 1-0. Reimer’s league-best save percentage dipped from .947 to .945. On visitors’ fifth shot, it was 2-0, and Reimer was batting .942.
On their eighth shot, it was 3-0. Reimer was barely clinging to life at .940.
Said Leaf defenceman Carl Gunnarsson: “You can’t blame (Reimer) for anything. We had a really s—-y game and we hung him out to dry.”
Said captain Dion Phaneuf: “We got outworked.” Gunnarsson also called the effort “embarrassing.” Centreman Tyler Bozak figured it could be a “wakeup call . . . maybe we were getting a little too comfortable.”
Said head coach Randy Carlyle: “It was like we were playing on our boots and they were playing in skates. . . . The most disappointing part to me was that we didn’t have energy.”
Here is Carlyle from last night: http: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SpuvF_MTFY&feature=youtu.be
“(Reimer) was on par with the rest of our group,” Carlyle said. “It was a team effort, and it was nowhere near what we needed.”
The Leafs were coming off a day off, the Blue Jackets were finishing up a five-game road trip.
The Leafs skated like they were wearing worker boots, the Blue Jackets skated like they were wearing ice skates.
The Leafs played effortless and played like they might have been hungover, the Blue Jackets played like it was Game 7 in the playoffs.
The Blue Jackets scored the first goal 22 seconds in and kept ‘em coming, the Leafs couldn’t score at all and wound up getting their asses handed to them along with five more goals, getting crushed 6-0.
Sadly James Reimer was beaten six times and he should have had most of them.
It may also be the first time that the visitors to the Air Canada Centre won all three of the game’s 3 Stars selection (Ryan Johansen, Sergei Bobrovsky, Ryan Murray). I only know who one of those three are!
To make it even worse, the Blue Jackets came into the game missing their three top forwards in Marian Gaborik, Nathan Horton and Brandon Dubinsky, this while labouring through a difficult stretch of scheduling that had seen them play six of their previous seven games on a road swing that has touched three different time zones.
And it only got sloppier. It only got worse. Joffrey Lupul left the game near the end of the second period with what Carlyle described as a pulled groin.
FUN FACTS (sort of)
The crowd was announced at a near-capacity 19,241, but there were plenty of empty chairs in the lower bowl from the get-go and more as the game devolved.
If a lot of fans who’d pre-purchased ducats apparently couldn’t be bothered to show up, you could say the same for a lot of the players getting paid guaranteed dollars for their services.
NEXT GAME: tomorrow night at Mellon Arena.