If being in Toronto has taught me nothing else, it’s that Leafs fans and the sports media suffers from a collective case of bipolar disorder. Seriously people, we all need to get a grip!
Every win has the team being proclaimed as a genuine Stanley Cup contender, while every loss means they will be lucky to even make the playoffs. Whenever Phil Kessel has a scoring slump, he’s a waste of money, but everytime he goes on a tear the Leafs are suddenly lucky to have such a unique talent. (And don’t get me started on the goaltending situation.)
Having said all that, last night’s 4-0 ass-kicking in Vancouver was demoralising, as illustrated perfectly by Kessel above. Don’t get me wrong, you’re going to suffer the occasional loss during the course of a season, because 82 games is a long grind. (Except in those seasons when Gary Bettman decides to lock out the players and still not solve all the issues.)
No, it’s the manner of the defeat that concerns me, although I’m more worried about the long-term implications for the team after Dave Bolland’s laceration injury, which will require surgery. It’s being compared to the Eric Karlsson’s injury, although it could go either way in terms of how much time the Leafs centre is missing from the ice.
Speaking of Karlsson, there was a lot of talk at the time about if Matt Cooke purposely tried to injury Senators defenceman. In that respect, I don’t believe there was any intent on the part of Zack Kassain last night, but, thanks to the magic of the pause button, here’s a snapshoot that paints him a bad light:
It’s fair to say absolutely nothing went right for the Leafs last night, with my main man James Reimer suffering a nightmare on the way to his first loss of the season. In fact, let’s wrap up this column with an incident that summed up the evening: Joffrey Lupul attempting to take out Henrik Sedin and instead hitting teammate Nazem Kadri:
Photo credits: cojax99 & happiestgilmoreever – i.imgur.com
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- By English Paul
- November 3, 2013